Monday, April 16, 2012

"Lee Hyori signals the beginning of the season for skin exposure" plus 19 more

"Lee Hyori signals the beginning of the season for skin exposure" plus 19 more

Lee Hyori signals the beginning of the season for skin exposure

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 09:01 AM PDT

With the temperatures rising due to the warmer season, Korea’s sexy diva Lee Hyori shared a hot photo.

On April 16th, Lee Hyori uploaded the above photo on twitter and wrote, “Oh yeah~ It’s the season for some skin exposure~

In the photo, Lee Hyori is looking very sexy wearing a yellow tanktop that reveals her superior S-line body.

Upon seeing the photo, netizens commented, “Lee Hyori definitely has a perfect body“, “Her S-line is the best. Every random photo she takes is like a photo shoot“, “Her dark tanned skin tone is so sexy“, and “I am so jealous of her boyfriend Lee Sang Soon“.

Source: Lee Hyori’s Twitter

Comedian Kim Gura embroiled in controversy over past remarks, will halt all broadcast activities

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 08:39 AM PDT

Comedian Kim Gura, famous for his sharp wit and unflinching criticism, will be stepping down from all of his current broadcast activities thanks to a wave of criticism over some of his past remarks.

The controversial incident in question occurred during one of his prior Internet broadcasts. A group of female workers from the Texas area of ‘Cheonho-dong’, a red light district in Korea, who had been protesting against police crackdowns by renting two busses to take them in front of the human rights office.

The problem started when Kim Gura compared this with the Japanese occupation, saying, “Prostitutes dividing themselves up into two busses haven’t been seen since the Korean Women Labor Brigades.”

The Korean Women Labor Brigades were an organization formed by the Japanese rulers during the waning days of the Korea occupation, and are – predictably – a major bone of contention among Koreans today.

As the furor over his remarks refused to subside, Kim Gura released an official statement saying he will be retiring from the broadcast industry, effective immediately.

If the public can no longer feel enjoyment seeing my face on TV, then I have no right to be a broadcast worker,” he said in a prepared statement, released on the 16th. “As such, starting today I have decided to take some time to myself thinking and reflecting on my actions.”

As I realized how much my words affected many people, I’ve always lived with a feeling of responsibility in the corner of my heart,” he confessed. “I’ve always been thankful to those who helped me continue my career despite my many faults. But I once again realize that I cannot wash away all of my mistakes… I bow in apology towards everyone who’ve loved me and to whom I’ve disappointed again. I also apologize to my colleagues and friends who will be affected by my sudden decision. To those who’ve been hurt and angered by my words, not even a lifetime of reflection and apology will be enough.”

I will spend some time thinking over my actions and looking back on my immaturity,” he finished.

It’s currently unknown what will happen to his many programs, such as “Immortal Song 2” or “Golden Fishery – Radio Star“. Stay tuned to allkpop for updates.

Source: Sports Chosun

Supernova releases “Stupid Love” + MV teaser featuring Davichi’s Kang Minkyung

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 08:16 AM PDT

Supernova‘s newest teaser featuring Davichi‘s Kang Minkyung is drawing much attention from netizens everywhere.

On April 16th, Supernova released the teaser to their new single “Stupid Love“, their first release in one year and 6 months. The 15-second teaser features Davichi’s Kang Minkyung as the female lead, dressed in a short indigo dress that displayed her curvy figure.

The way Kang Minkyung exchanged glances with the Supernova members in the teaser left a strong impression on netizens, and the teaser became one of the most-searched items on Korean portal sites.

Supernova who released their mini-album ‘Time To Shine‘ in August of 2010 rose to the top of the Oricon Chart and received noteworthy awards at the ‘Golden Disc Awards‘ ceremony, making their name known as one of the leading icons of the Hallyu wave.

“Stupid Love” was just released, and it is expected to be another big hit.

Check out the track and video teaser below!

Source & Image: HK via Nate
Tip: Jae

Teaser for first DSP Boyz member “Jae Hyung” revealed

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 07:46 AM PDT

After revealing various teasers featuring silhouettes of the members, the DSP Boyz have finally revealed their first member.

On April 16th, a teaser for member “Jae Hyung” was revealed on the official DSP YouTube channel. The DSP Boyz (reported to be a temporary name) will be making their official on-screen debut through their upcoming reality program MBC‘s Making The Star, which will air its first episode on April 24th at 8:30PM KST.

Check out the teaser below!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

Nam Gyuri shares new photos of her younger brother

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 06:59 AM PDT


Singer-actress Nam Gyuri recently uploaded photos of her and her younger brother, who was known for appearing on Mnet‘s ‘Superstar K2‘.

On April 16th, she wrote several posts on Twitter that read, “By myself? With my boyfriend! Together with my younger brother who’s like a boyfriend.. This is what I call happiness..

Nam Gyuri and her younger brother, Nam Sung Mi are seen taking a walk by the river, both in casual outfits. Netizens, in particular, were surprised to see her younger brother’s change in appearance over the past two years after participating on season 2 of ‘Superstar K’.

Fans and netizens were jealous by their close sibling relationship commenting, “I wish I had a younger brother like him“, “How great would it be if my sister was like her?“, and “He looks different!

Meanwhile, Nam Gyuri has been cast on the upcoming Chinese drama, ‘My Forgetful Girlfriend‘, along with singer Jang Woo Hyuk.


Source: Nam Gyuri’s Twitter

Comedian Shin Bora disses Lady Gaga

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 05:40 AM PDT


Comedian Shin Bora dissing pop star Lady Gaga has become a hot topic online.

Lady Gaga, who is known for her unique sense of style, has been targeted on the April 15th segment of ‘Brave Rascals‘ under KBS 2TV‘s ‘Gag Concert‘.

Shin Bora began by saying, “World pop star, Lady Gaga. Her provocative outfits. Her unique performances. However, if you were in Korea, you’d just be known as a comedian.”

She then continued, “Lady Gaga. You’ll find a lot of your favorite outfits in the wardrobes here at ‘Gag Concert’,” causing the audience to laugh uncontrollably.

Netizens were amused by Shin Bora’s brave remark and commented, “I think Shin Bora is becoming braver by each episode”, “That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking“, “As expected from Shin Bora“, “I wish I met a girl like Shin Bora“, “She’s good,” and more.


Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan talks about resolving arguments among members

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 04:42 AM PDT


Shinhwa has been up and running since the 90's, sticking together through whatever ordeals that they have faced. Now, at their 10th studio effort, Kim Dongwan of the group feels that he may have found out the reason behind Shinhwa’s long-lasting career.

"I think the main reason that groups disband is when the members have undisclosed problems (with the group or the management)," told  Kim to SBS' You and I, "None of the Shinhwa members really had anything like that."

"Of course there were times when we fought, but we resolved it ourselves,” continued Kim, “None of the members really kept their problems to themselves; we let each other know.Lee Hyori, one of the MCs of You and I then added, "And I heard some of you even physically fought."

"You can't just keep on arguing, because at the end of the day, there really isn't any solution made from that," says Kim, "You need to confront the problems, get to the point and solve it quickly before it becomes a larger issue."

Source and image: Naver

Hwang Jung Eum’s killer body astounds netizens

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 04:33 AM PDT


Actress, Hwang Jung Eum‘s firm and sexy body has netizens doing a double take on her latest CF photo shoot.

One user uploaded the photo onto an online community board along with the caption, “Hwang Jung Eum’s body was at this level?

What’s got netizens hyped up is the fact that the photo has not been photoshopped and yet, the photo looks like the cover of some woman’s health magazine.  This photo was first seen back on April 6th, when Hwang Jung Eum’s photo shoot for a certain shoe brand was released.  Unlike the comic characters Hwang Jung Eum usually plays in her dramas, she showed off a more sexy and toned look.  Her short top reveals her fabulous ’11′ abs, while the sexy black tight training pants do an excellent job portraying her slim and tone legs.

Netizens commented, “Her abs look fabulous even without photoshop“, “Wow, she must hit the gym often“, and “You look so healthy!

In related news, the actress is currently filming ‘Full House 2‘.


Source + Photos: Sports Seoul via Naver

Netizens find Gary’s twin in North Korea

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 03:30 AM PDT

Netizens were quick to spot Leessang member Gary‘s doppelganger on television. However, his look-alike is currently located in North Korea.

A few days ago, it was announced that North Korea launched a rocket but ended in failure. As the news outlets in South Korea began airing footage taken by North Korea, netizens were quick to notice a North Korean solider that looked similar to Gary.

A few immediately took screen shots of the North Korean soldier and began spreading it on an online community site with the title “Gary’s doppelganger“. Their tanned skin and the way they both wear a hat caused fans and netizens to burst into laughter.

They commented, “How can he look so similar to Gary?“, “He really is Gary’s doppelganger“, and “Lol Lol!


Source & Image: Sports Seoul via Nate

[Spoiler] K-Pop Star’s top 3 chosen

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 03:28 AM PDT


The April 15th live broadcast of SBS‘s ‘K-Pop Star‘ left many in tears, as contestant Lee Seung Hoon was unfortunately eliminated from the show.

The Top 4 finalists (Park Ji Min, Baek Ah Yeon, Lee Seung Hoon, and Lee Ha Yi) were met with another intense round as each contestant put on their spectacular stage performances.

Park Ji Min performed a cover of Beyonce‘s “Love On Top” after being trained by SM Entertainment, under guidance from BoA. While wearing a black fedora to match her black suit, Park Ji Min was able to once again mesmerize the audience with her rhythmical dance moves and her perfect high note at the climax of the performance. Park Ji Min received a score of 97 from Yang Hyun Suk, 91 from J.Y. Park, and 95 from BoA.

Baek Ah Yeon, who was trained under JYP Entertainment, challenged herself by selecting the legendary hit song, “I Miss You” by Kim Bum Soo. She was fully able to digest the song with her powerful vocals, receiving the highest score from all three judges, 98 from BoA and 96 from both Yang Hyun Suk and J.Y. Park.

Lee Ha Yi, on the otherhand, performed her rendition of “As Time Goes By” by Tasha and surprised viewers with her rap skills. While being trained under YG Entertainment, Lee Ha Yi was also able to receive guidance on her rap from Big Bang‘s T.O.P. She received a score of 97 from Yang Hyun Suk, 92 from J.Y. Park, and 95 from BoA.


Lee Seung Hoon was the last to perform this week but was unfortunately unable to impress the judges with his rendition of Drake‘s “Successful“. Known for putting on an “artist-like” performance, Lee Seung Hoon instead added his sincerity for this week’s performance. He received a score of 87 from Yang Hyun Suk, 86 from J.Y. Park, and 87 from BoA.



As Lee Seung Hoon was faced with elimination, he was unable to hide his tears, as well as Yang Hyun Suk. “I feel like I’m taking a heavy burden off of my chest. I’d like to thank all of my fans for supporting me and the three agencies. Being able to come all the way here is also because of you guys,” Lee Seung Hoon said. Yang Hyun Suk praised his hardwork stating, “I wanted to have a smile on my face when sending you away, but it’s making me cry when seeing you cry as well. You have worked very hard. Take the heavy burden off of your chest and let’s meet again in the world of professionals.” The clip of YG’s emotional farewell is provided below:


In case you missed any of the show, check out some of this week’s performances below!

Park Ji Min (“Love on Top” — Beyonce)


Baek Ah Yeon (“I Miss You” — Kim Bum Soo)

Lee Ha Yi (“As Time Goes By” — Tasha/Yoon Mi Rae)


Full Episode


S.E.S’ Eugene will face off Fin.K.L’s Lee Hyori through their reality shows ‘Super Couple Diary’ and ‘Golden 12′!

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 03:10 AM PDT


Former S.E.S member Eugene and former Fin.K.L member Lee Hyori will both reveal their private lives and once again become rivals through the reality shows, ‘Super Couple Diary‘ and ’Golden 12‘.

The two stars, who were both part of the two biggest girl groups in K-Pop during the early 2000′s, will be featured in two different reality shows broadcast on the same day.

Lee Hyori was selected as the MC for OnStyle‘s ‘Golden 12‘ that is broadcast on Thursdays at 11:10 P.M. ‘Golden 12′ aims to turn the focus away from her celebrity activities to her social life, where she works as a spokesperson for various societal problems and issues. For a while now, she's been showing her support and interest in abandoned animals, suicide, the impoverished, and the elderly living alone, by communicating actively with her fans on social networks.

On the other hand, Eugene will also be showing her newlywed life with her husband, Ki Tae Young to the public through StoryOn‘s ‘Super Couple Diary‘, which will be broadcast at 2 P.M. on the same day as ‘Golden 12′ . This show will feature different star couple’s and show their lifestyles. The first episode will be broadcast on April 19th, where Eugene and her husband will visit a coffee street in Italy. Eugene’s agency, G.G Entertainment, stated that, “Eugene has a really open and cool personality and decided to be part of this reality show without much hesitation. She’s the type of person who doesn’t mind revealing her private life and was really positive about being featured on the show with her husband“.

So ‘Golden 12′ vs. ‘Super Couple Diary’ and ‘Fin.K.L’s Lee Hyori vs. S.E.S’s Eugene’. It seems like the two stars will be facing off against each other again, but this time through reality shows. Many are curious which show will have more viewers and popularity.


Source + Photo: Star News via Naver

Girls’ Generation appointed as ambassadors of Korea’s Retinitis Pigmentosa Society

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 02:16 AM PDT


On April 14th, Girls’ Generation‘s Sooyoung, Tiffany, Taeyeon, and Seohyun attended the ceremony of Korea’s Retinitis Pigmentosa Society and were appointed as new ambassadors for the association to help cure blindness.

Aside from the girls, Sooyoung’s father (shown in the photo) also attended the event as the association’s president, as he too, has problems with his eyesight.  Sooyoung’s father, Choi Jung Nam personally handed the ambassador certification to the girls at the ceremony.  Choi Jung Nam has been the president of this campaign since 2006.

Interestingly enough, netizens also took notice of Taeyeon’s petite figure as she stood by Sooyoung and Seohyun, who are one of the tallest members in the group.  Netizens felt sympathetic to her unfortunate situation and commented, “Hmm, you’re a head shorter than Sooyoung“, “Even if she raises her head as high as possible, she still lacks a lot of height“, and “She’s still beautiful nevertheless“.

Source + Photos: Sports Seoul via Nate


T-ara’s Qri transforms into an alien after eating squid ink spaghetti?

Posted: 16 Apr 2012 01:17 AM PDT


On April 15th, T-ara‘s Qri uploaded a very bizarre photo onto her Twitter, that had many fans doing a double take.

Along with the photo, Qri tweeted, “Look what happened to me after I ate squid ink spaghetti in Venice“.

For those who are out of the loop, T-ara is currently streaming their Italy tour trip live on Youtube.  The girls and Core Contents Media‘s new seven member girl group have been stopping by many places in the country to do photoshoots.  By the look of Qri’s latest tweet, the girls seem to be enjoying their stay by tasting exotic local cuisine.

Netizens cracked up at her unflattering look and commented, “Holy crap! I thought you were an alien“, “You’re so dorky >_<“, and “Nice proof shot of your tasting of squid ink spaghetti!


Source + Photos: T-ara Qri’s Twitter

Lee Hyori talks about how she met her boyfriend on ‘Healing Camp’

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 11:57 PM PDT

Korea diva Lee Hyori recently shared the story of how she met her current boyfriend, Lee Sang Soon.

On April 16th, SBS revealed that Lee Hyori addressed past rumors that floated around her career and also shared a story of how she met and reunited with her current boyfriend in the latest recording of ‘Healing Camp‘.

During the recording, Lee Hyori stated, “I met my boyfriend several years ago through a blind date.  At first we broke up easily because we had such contrasting personalities and taste.”

However, as the upcoming episode of ‘Healing Camp’ will reveal, the two were able to get together again in 2011 and have been going strong since.

Regarding the rumors around her personality, Hyori remarked, “After the success of my first solo album, rumors started circulating that I thought very highly of myselfI realized that I had become a queen after I received so much popularity.  Even my friends and family felt awkward around me.”

In addition, Hyori also recalled the time when she fought a fellow member from Fin.K.L so hard that she left the group temporarily in disappointment.

Don’t miss Lee Hyori’s story when it airs!

Source + Photos: Nate


SM Entertainment acquires $22 million worth of shares from travel company BT&I

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 11:27 PM PDT

SM Entertainment is growing big!  Two months ago, the mega-giant entertainment company acquired a travel agency called ‘Happy Hawaii’.  This time, SM Entertainment has acquired a large portion of shares from BT&I, South Korea’s fifth largest travel management corporation that is listed on KOSDAQ.

On April 13th, held a meeting among board of directors and came to a conclusion to purchase 25 billion KRW (~$22 million USD) worth of shares from BT&I and have significant influence over its operations.  That is about 45.45% of BT&I’s total outstanding shares.  SM Entertainment will be purchasing the shares through third party allocation and BT&I will be conducting a meeting with their board of directors on this significant trade on April 29.

Through this acquisition, SM Entertainment plans to further promote and develop its drama production activities and global video content.  BT&I also plans to benefit from this trade as SM’s global power will support the travel company’s global travel business.

SM Entertainment’s CEO, Kim Young Min also shared the company’s newly set goals and plans after BT&I’s acquisition. “The drama production and global video content business that we have long prepared will be largely developed through this acquisition and BT&I will become Asia’s best video content enterprise.  Through this opportunity, SM Entertainment will become a large provider of music and video zhs content.  In addition BT&I’s travel, leisure, and tour business will synergize with Hallyu’s developing K-Pop content.  The K-Pop culture business model will be shaped through the combination of K-Pop and various business activities such as dining, fashion, accommodation services, and exhibition.”

Source + Photos:  Heraldbiz via Nate (1), (2), (3)

What surprise do 2PM’s Wooyoung & Junsu have in store?

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 10:55 PM PDT

A photo with 2PM‘s Junsu and a mysterious tweet post made by Wooyoung has raised curiosity among fan.

On April 15th, Wooyoung shared the photo above and wrote on his Twitter, “We shall surprise the world soon, peekaboo! I’ll stop here for today~ Good night.” The two 2PM members seem to have been recording in the studio. As Wooyoung’s tweet states, they are planning on surprising their fans with a secret project.

Fans have already been guessing that he will be in a unit group with Junsu, however, nothing has been confirmed yet. Netizens commented, “Good night“, “I love you, oppa“, “A unit with Junsu?“, “I’ll patiently wait“, etc.

Source: Wooyoung’s Twitter
Tip: wooso

2PM’s Taecyeon’s flirting level is A+ on 9GAG

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 10:41 PM PDT

2PM‘s Taecyeon has been spotted on 9GAG!

On April 15th, Taecyeon retweeted a message written by a certain 2PM fan and wrote, “HOLY CRAP!! Me on 9GAG LOL RT“.

The photo above has been trending on 9GAG, a popular image-based humor site, since yesterday and has already accumulated several hundred comments by not only K-Pop fans, but other various viewers.  A user uploaded the photo under the title, “Flirting Level: A+“.  Just like the playboy Ok Taceyeon is, the picture shows him dazzling a schoolgirl in a classroom.

Interestingly enough, some math-inclined viewers have criticized the macro image, arguing that the phrase on the photo is mathematically incorrect.  According to them, the correct phrase would be:  ”Hey girl, what’s your arcsine?  It must be 1 because you are pi/2“.  However, 2PM fans were hardly interested in the logic behind the joke and oogled at Taecyeon’s photo instead.

9GAG viewers commented, “Wrong it must be ‘What is your arcsine?‘”, “Who cares if it’s right or wrong, he is Ok Taecyeon!“, and “I don’t know who that guy is, but he is hot!

In related news, 9GAG is a public website, established back in 2008 that allows users to upload comical macros and memes.

Source + Photos: 2PM Taecyeon’s Twitter, 9GAG

SHINee to conclude promotions for “Sherlock” & begin touring Japan

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 10:05 PM PDT

After five weeks of promotion, SHINee will be concluding their promotions for “Sherlock” this week and is scheduled to emark on their Japanese tour starting on April 25th.

SHINee made an explosive comeback with their title song, “Sherlock”, from their 4th mini album. The group achieved 1st place on KBS‘s ‘Music Bank‘ for two consecutive weeks (April 6, 13) and have also won the triple crown on SBS‘s ‘Inkigayo (April 1, 8, 15), taking home the Mutizen trophy.

In addition, SHINee has also topped the Gaon Chart for the month of March for selling 135,370 copies. Not only were the boys being recognized in Asia, but they are also being noticed in France. SHINee was featured on a famous French talk show CANAL plus‘s ‘Le Petit Journal‘, where they introduced the MV of “Sherlock” as well as a mini news segment of the boys.

SHINee is scheduled to conclude promotions for “Sherlock” on the April 20th broadcast of KBS’s ‘Music Bank’, followed by MBC’s ‘Music Core’ on April 21st. They will then begin their Japanese tour ‘The First Japan Arena Tour: SHINee World 2012‘ on April 25th at Fukuoka.

Source & Image: Asia Today via Nate

Lee Byung Hun & Lee Min Jung rumored to be dating, denied by agencies

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 09:36 PM PDT

Rumors of a dating relationship between actor Lee Byung Hun (42) and actress Lee Min Jung (30) are on the rapid rise.

On April 16th, one media source stated, “Beginning from last year, Lee Byung Hun and Lee Min Jung had good feelings for each other and from earlier this year, they are starting to meet with each other carefully. They naturally met together at awards ceremonies and movies, in official places. They had a good relationship of movie sunbae-hoobae, but it has evolved into a dating relationship.

Another media source, quoting associates, stated, “As the two people are marriageable, they are forced to be careful. Only the closest few know their dating relationship. Their dating places are usually near Lee Byung Hun’s house, avoiding the people’s eyes even for a little bit.

Their agencies are releasing their statements carefully with the general statement, “It does not seem like the truth.” As multiple news outlets jumped the gun and began announcing the new couple to be officially dating, both agencies came forward with statements denying the relationships.

Lee Byung Hun’s agency stated, “We are currently contacting Lee Byung Hun right now, it seems like the dating scandal is not true…Once he get in contact with him, we will reveal our official position.” Later on, Newsen reported that a representative shared, ”We directly talked to Lee Byung Hun and he said no. He said it is nothing beyond a celebrity sunbae-hoobae relationship with Lee Min Jung, whom he just knows.

It is embarrassing as to why this story is coming out suddenly,” a representative of Lee Min Jung’s agency M Steam Entertainment remarked. Later on, representative Kim Min Sook reportedly stated, “We talked with Lee Min Jung directly and she said that they are not dating as they are just a sunbae-hoobae relationship, with the two eating together once with many other people recently.

Looks like this love scandal may be nothing more than a baseless rumor. Do you think there’s more to it, and would you like to see these two actors together?

Meanwhile, Lee Byung Hun is currently filming ‘Joseon King‘ with actress Han Hyo Joo, while Lee Min Jung will act in ‘Big‘ with actor Gong Yoo and miss A‘s Suzy.

Source: TV Report via Nate, Sports Chosun via Nate, Newsen via Nate

Yoo Jae Suk to return as “Yoomes Bond” on ‘Running Man’

Posted: 15 Apr 2012 09:13 PM PDT

Judging from the April 15th preview of SBS‘s ‘Running Man‘, it looks like Yoo Jae Suk will once again be transforming himself into “Yoomes Bond”.

Viewers were left anticipating next week’s episode as a preview of Yoo Jae Suk “being possessed” by the famous movie character James Bond was aired. In particular, viewers couldn’t help but laugh at Yoo Jae Suk’s serious face while holding a water gun.

The preview hints at Yoo Jae Suk transforming into “Yoomes Bond” and carrying out various of secret missions, whereas the other ‘Running Man’ cast members get locked up in jail as they struggle to break free.

Meanwhile, the April 15th episode of ‘Running Man’ consisted special guest members by senior actors Park Sang Myun, Park Joon Kyu, and Lee Duk Hwa.

Don’t miss next week’s episode airing on April 22nd! Check out the preview below:


Source & Image: XSports News via Nate