Sunday, April 29, 2012

"[NEWS] K-POP: 5 Bands Looking to Smash UK/US Charts" plus 24 more

"[NEWS] K-POP: 5 Bands Looking to Smash UK/US Charts" plus 24 more


[NEWS] K-POP: 5 Bands Looking to Smash UK/US Charts

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 08:00 AM PDT






If you take a look at the music charts today, it's rare to see a Top 10 that isn't filled with glossy American popstars who just want to dance on the floor/party rock/put their hands up/raise their glass (I could keep on going) so sometimes it's healthy to take a look at things from the other side of the world. Over in South Korea, China and Japan it is very rare for any of the artists we take for granted to dominate the charts considering these countries are each filled with their own pop culture. Cracking the east Asian market is the equivalent of British musicians trying to crack America – near on impossible. You may think 'What's the point? I've never heard of any of these people and the only ones listening to them are those crazy asian kids who stay on chatrooms all day' but with a higher company revenue rate from digital sales that the USA plus South Korea becoming a huge base for homegrown talent (currently the 11th biggest music market in the world and gaining fast) as well as interest from American producers, it won't be long before the Popstars of East Asia become the Popstars of the World.

K-Pop or Korean Pop as is its full name, is perhaps the biggest musical genre in the Asian markets and it's startling to see how pop music is made here not to mention how good it is. Largely girlbands and boybands, they're trained from a very young age and nurtured in terms of singing, style and dance so when they do hit the big time they're fully fledged triple threats (plus many of them can pop-rap quite convincingly too). The girls generally fit one of two moulds – girly or sexy (but not in a 'look-little-girls-i'm-a-hooker' kinda way) – whilst the guys tend to be highly androgynous (which definitely isn't in the USA or UK mainstream mindset when it comes to male representation) and all of the videos are extreme high-gloss affairs with dynamite dance routines which would have bands like The Saturdays or One Direction quivering in fear. Most try to break into the Japanese market and sing whole albums in Japanese as well as their native Korean plus the ability to sing in english now the Western markets are in their sights. Fan culture is a huge huge thing in K-Pop and has been for years before everyone over here cottoned on to it – no, Lady GaGa's Little Monsters weren't the first big fan group with their own identity you silly sausage. GaGa is in fact one of the few to crack this market because she gets it; what some here feel is OTT and attention-seeking is totally normal for fans of K-Pop. With that in mind, let me give you a head's up – here's three girlbands and two boybands big in K-Pop you could very well be hearing more of in the future:

Perhaps the biggest girlband in the whole of K-Pop, Girls' Generation say more is more. Consisting of nine (NINE?? Yes, that's basically The Saturdays plus Little Mix all on stage at the same time in synchronised dance) members, which I won't list because it'll take a decade and I'd just end up resorting to describing them by their hairstyles, Girls' Generation or SNSD as their fans call them have been in the business since 2007 and their oldest member is still only 23 meaning they have years ahead of them. You want accolades? Ok then. Their single Gee is the longest running number one single on KBS Music Bank (think Korean Top of the Pops) whilst also being named the best song of the whole entire bloomin' decade by Melon, Korea's biggest music site. They have also smashed Japan, having the best selling K-Pop album there ever, and have performed their first English speaking single The Boys on Late Show with David Letterman in the USA. The Boys was produced by Teddy Riley who's previously worked with Michael Jackson, Usher and early 90′s hip-hop group Blackstreet proving influencial members of the American music industry are sitting up and taking notice. Now the group is signed globally to Interscope in the USA and Polydor France amongst others. The Boys is much more contemporary for the band and you can tell they're adapting for the Western market but they have an extremely catchy back catalogue: Gee, their biggest hit, is hand-clapping super pop at its best, Run Devil Run is squelching beat fierceness (with a video that puts the Pussycat Dolls to shame) and Oh! sounds like something off the mega drive Sonic games. They're older, wiser and and ready to roll – Incoming SNSD.

Let's go from the most popular girlband to perhaps the most popular boyband – BIGBANG (they love capitalisation in K-Pop). If they're not the most popular they certainly have the most hardcore fanbase, known as the VIPS, who helped vote them into the position of Best Worldwide Act at last year's MTV Europe Video Music Awards fending off competition from that little-known performer Britney Spears (and we know how crazy her fans can be – yes i'm looking at you Chris Crocker). Like Girls' Generation, they've experienced a change of style in recent years with their current incarnation (seen in the video for Fantastic Baby below) coming across like an anime punk version of Backstreet Boys' Backstreet's Back video with a whole lot of studs, coloured hair and bare chests. All five BIGBANG members have had successful solo careers on the side (each has had at least one number one single or album in South Korea) before recently coming back together with this new vision proving you can take a break successfully (Girls Aloud take note). Their most recent EP release Alive was the first K-Pop album sung in Korean to hit the Billboard 200 Albums chart recently as sees the guys try everything from the like-LMFAO-but-less-annoying Fantastic Baby to hip-hop inflected Bad Boy to some stood-on-a-rooftop boyband ballad-ness on Blue. If you're looking for something a bit more aligned with chart music of the moment have a gander at Tonight which could have been any of the big electro dance pop hits of last year only sang in Korean. Each of the members have their own strengths (member G-Dragon being an extremely accomplished producer/songwriter always helps) which means they can adapt chameleon like to whatever genre they want – a bonus if they want to crack the big western charts.

Now these girls have just released their fourth EP (full length albums are few and far between in K-Pop) coinciding with new single/video campaign Volume Up which body-pops whole heartedly into the current trend for saxophone backlines as seen used by Katy Perry (T.G.I.F), Lady GaGa (The Edge of Glory) and Alexandra Stan (Mr Saxobeat) and is perhaps the most accessible K-Pop i've heard since I started listening around. The video is a super slick but equally sexy affair (perhaps even racy for K-Pop girlbands what with all the girl-on-girl grinding going on), I am in love with the bang on-trend gilded baroque blue/orange/gold outfits – major style points plus they're an extremely young band (youngest member So Hyun is just 17) spawning at a time where K-Pop is on the verge of going global so to me this all spells exciting. The fact they're consistently in the Korean Top 10 as well as last year winning the award for Kpop New Artist at the Billboard Japan Music Awards only creates a sense of expectation around this girlband. HyunA seems to be taking the lead here and definitely has a strong presence (you'll know which one I mean when you see the video), not to mention a previous solo EP (which is well worth a look if only for the stupidly infectious dubstep-influenced Bubble Pop). Previous songs aren't as good as Volume Up in my opinion but the rock-tinged Ready Go and Mirror Mirror are pre-cursors to their potential and beyond and I can't wait to see where they go next.

If you're looking for a more conventional boyband MBLAQ fit the brief, being relatively new on the scene like 4MINUTE. Mentored by K-Pop legend Rain (who you may have seen in the film Ninja Assassin, but probably not), this team of five guys are making waves in K-Pop and have been particularly successful in the Japanese market with their singles releases. Songs to look up include Mona Lisa, a latin tinged uptempo with some interesting man-skirt outfits in the video, the extremely 90′s sounding ballad Scribble and recent comeback single It's War which features a startling 5 minute video involving assassins, choreographed fight scenes and an actual cinematic storyline unseen in most pop music videos these days. Yeah sure it'd never get pass our TV censors what with the blood and death and that but it's certainly interesting to watch. The song itself is a marching drum, piano filled, strings laden affair which sounds like a much grander version of Blue's I Can from last year. They're also regular guests on the Asian Reality TV show circuit (not as much a statement of terribleness that it would be if attributed to a UK or American act) and are continually providing music for TV and film soundtracks. With a toughening up of image and a couple of hits on Billboard's new K-Pop Chart in the USA under their belt (the fact they have a chart dedicated to it suggests how much its grown in the public consciousness), MBLAQ seem to be going from strength to strength.

Last but definitely not least, the multi-award winning 2NE1 are the hot ticket right now in K-Pop. A blend of all the different shades of girlband – they're girly cute, hip-hop tough and R&B sassy all in the space of the same video – these four girls have already had ten number ones in the Korean charts in the space of the last three years and are on the cusp of an American breakthrough under Will.I.Am's management and production which could see them be the first major breakthrough for K-Pop. In my eyes that partnership makes total sense as the girls' delivery, especially in spoken-rap-esque sections, sounds incredibly similar to the Black Eyed Peas and Fergie's solo stuff. Scream (the most recent single in Japan) flits from Hi-NRG pop pre-choruses to rap sections and an extremely good early Destiny's Child-lite groove breakdown, I Am The Best is femme-pop empowerment at its best which nabs the 'Woo Yeah' drum line from Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's It Takes Two (which BEP sampled for Rock That Body) and Can't Nobody is auto-tune squizzey beats with a fierce attitude and a infectious refrain. Style is a huge thing for 2NE1; top-end fashion designer Jeremy Scott is good friends with the band and his clothes can frequently be seen in their music videos (he works extensively in the realm of Pop Art surreal kookiness masterminding the infamous air steward PVC dress for Britney Spears – Toxic as well as outfits for Katy Perry, Lady GaGa and M.I.A.). Literally on the brink of releasing their first English-speaking single, aptly entitled Take The World On according to industry insiders, 2NE1 have major support behind them so it may not be long before K-Pop will be wanting them back before they get totally adopted into the USA or UK music scenes.

Source: whatculture

[NEWS] Ailee : Young Korean-American Singer Takes Entertainment World by Storm

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 07:32 AM PDT


It's been less than three months since her debut but singer Ailee is already taking the Korean entertainment scene by storm with the commanding stage performance of a veteran entertainer. Ailee is a Korean-American artist who debuted in February with her single "Heaven."

The 23-year-old singer has appeared on KBS2's reality TV show "Immortal Song 2," dazzling viewers with her talented voice while rubbing shoulders on stage with seasoned performers.

Her playfulness backstage vanishes as soon as she appears in the floodlights. "For some reason, I turn into a different person when I get on stage," Ailee said. "I don't get stage fright. For me, it's fun."

Ailee became a star on YouTube before she debuted on Korean TV. Around 10 clips of her singing for her own entertainment that she uploaded on the video-sharing website registered a total of 10 million visits. That feat led to her appearing in a talent contest on NBC's "Maury Show" in 2008, where she finished in second place.

"People told me I was a good singer, so I became curious to find out just how good and decided to upload the clips for fun," Ailee said. "I posted several more clips after I received a lot of messages asking me to do so."

She says an American music producer approached her about a record deal, but she turned down the offer. "My parents and grandparents, who went to the U.S. from Korea, always told me that I am Korean and made me speak Korean at home," Ailee said. "I am Korean, so I naturally wanted to go to Korea to sing… I'm big fan of K-pop so I formed a band with other Korean-Americans and we performed here and there."

She took time out from her university studies and came to the country in 2010 to become a singer. "I'm still learning about Korea and how to express myself through my music here in a way people can fully relate to, but I am practicing hard and hope to move others through my singing," Ailee said.



Source: English Chosun

[PICTURE] Take a look at T-ara's "Lovey Dovey" CD labels

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 07:21 AM PDT

To be released on the 23rd of May is T-ara's 4th Japanese Single, "Lovey Dovey".

Aside from the poster and the photocard, here's something to look forward to, if you will be buying one. It's the CD labels which will feature each T-ara member.

As of now we only have Eunjung, Boram, Qri and Soyeon's so please stay tuned for the others.






Source: ameblo.jp via t-ara world

[NEWS] T-ara Hwayoung is going to the future...by an elephant?

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 07:21 AM PDT


On April 29, T-ara Hwayoung posted a funny picture in her twitter account.

Hwayoung expresses that she wants to go to the future, but not by time machine, but by riding an elephant.

She tweeted, "Let's go...to the future... let's go!" and posted a picture of her riding in a stoned baby elephant and pointing to a direction which she called "future"

Isn't she funny?

Source: Hwayoung's twitter
Written by KYUriShana@dkpopnews.net

[INTERVIEW] Girl’s Day, they felt pressured to change their image? “Please anticipate more of our charms”

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 07:20 AM PDT


The fresh, cheerful, and cute girl group Girl's Day(Sojin, Yura, Jihae, Minah, Hyeri) has come back to us with the second mini album 'Everyday II' after 8 months of hiatus.
Girl's Day, who held the showcase on the 18th to inform us of their successful comeback, is meeting the public through various music shows, stepping forward from their previous image as young girls by giving off their mature charms.
Furthermore, Girl's Day is planning to hold their second concert in Japan in upcoming May, in addition that they are expanding their range of individual activities as actresses. They promised us to show their improvement in the future.

Adding 'sexy' to 'cutesy', "In fact we felt a bit burdened"
'Oh! My God', the title song of Girl's Day's second album 'Everyday II', is a song that tries to deliver a new change to their cheerful image by putting a sexy feel in it.
In regard to this, Minah said, "We were nervous and also excited because it's a comeback after 8 months," and introduced us the the concept of the album, "We didn't put any extra effort to look more sexy, it's rather that we got the sexy image naturally as time went by."
She continued, "In fact, we felt burdened(because we're more known for our cute image)," confessing her feeling of being burdened about the change to their image.
However, they revealed that they still have many charms to show us, and promised that they will show us how they keep improving and changing themselves.
On this matter, Hyeri, who is the maknae and the only high school student in Girl's Day, said and brought us laughter, "Each member has a lot of their own charms so we're thinking of showing the matured sexy side of Girl's Day, which is completely different from we had ever before, but since I'm still a minor, I think it will be only viable after I become an adult."
◇ The splendid showcase, and the behind-the-scenes stories
Back on the 18th, Girl's Day held the showcase at CGV in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, to celebrate the release of their mini album and it garnered much interest.
In particular, Sojin gained much attention at the showcase, saying, "The self-composed song 'Telepathy' in this album is meant to be my own defiance towards the songs I usually listen to."
On the comment of her, she made a clarification, "It didn't actually mean to be a defiance towards the music itself. Personally I was in a long slump regarding the music, so in order to overcome it, I challenged myself to compose a song."
Hyeri, who got a funny yet sad nickname called "Kill Heel Syndrome" when she was spotted while standing with the back of her heels up in air in bare feet, looked embarrassed to hear it and explained, "It wasn't on purpose. Since I'm in a girl group, I guess I just did my usual behavior without me realizing it."
Jihae said about her personal talent that showcased her powerful rapping skills in English, "There wasn't any special meaning or messsage in doing that. I like Nicki Minaj and that's why I sang it," and on hearing her remark, Minah jokingly said and evoked some laughter, "Isn't that because you don't understand the English lyrics?"
Meanwhile, Minah showed much interest in going on a date at the showcase and officially requested, surprising everyone around there, "Dear CEO, please allow me (to date)".
Minah added, "Now that I'm 20 and I've become an adult, honestly I'm much interested in dating," and confessed, "Moreover, since I haven't had a date with a guy, I have a lot of expectation from it, hoping it to be like a fairytale".
Hyeri also revealed her thought, "Actually I'm much interested in it too, but I'm the maknae and a minor so I don't open up about it".

Promoting songs along with advancing to acting, "Busy and busy"
On the upcoming 28th, Hyeri will be playing her role in SBS weekend drama 'Tasty Life' as Jung Mi Hyun, Im Chae Moo's youngest daughter in the drama.
As an actress who takes her first step in the acting career, Hyeri shared her impression, "At first I was a bit scared, but many other actors helped me with acting so I was able to finish my scenes without any problem," and then added, "However, that gave me a thought that the filming of a drama is a hard job and I think I can't show my scenes to the other members (due to my embarrassment)".
Hyeri complimented Minah, who has already debuted in MBN sitcom 'Vampire Idol' and labeled her as acting-dol, expressing her envy for Minah, "I saw her acting and thought she was so good. Her role fit her well in the sitcom".
Besides, Yura, who has started her career as an actress with the Chinese drama 'Secret Angel' starring Jang Woo Hyuk and Kim So Eun, showed her anticipation, "Currently 5 episodes of the drama were aired. I'm much interested in acting and I'm glad I'm starred in a good drama like this. I hope (this opportunity) will lead me to enter the Chinese drama industry".
◇ 2nd anniversary since their debut, "We're thinking of releasing a regular album within this year"
This year Girl's Day will be having their 2nd anniversary, and in celebration for the anniversary they're currently thinking of releasing their first ever full-length album.
Sojin said and raised our expectation, "I hear that the agency is also considering releasing the full-length album for the celebration of our 2nd anniversary. Maybe if the production of the album is finalized, then it might be released within this year".
And she continued and got a big cheer from the other members, promising us to come with another self-composed song for the next album, "In this album, I had to compose a cute song so that it fits into the overall atmosphere of the album, but the next time I'll compose a song with a cool style."
In response to the question of who their role models are, Girl's Day chose 'Shinhwa' without hesitation, "We'd like to remain unchanged as long as they did for over 10 years. As idols, and as our seniors, we respect them and they look so great. Shinhwa sunbaenim jjang," confirming their determination to be the long lasting idols who receive love from people for a long time.
Source; Daum
Translated by Senavix

[NEWS] U-ie’s Casual and Stylish Airport Fashion Interests Netizens

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:50 AM PDT



U-ie's chic airport style along with other K-Idols has caught the attention of netizens.

Recently, airport fashion has become a trend amongst celebrities and netizens. For U-ie's flight she donned comfortable clothes that were still unique and stylish.

For U-ie's recent airport look, she wore a white jacket matched with skinny jeans, brown boots, large sun glasses and a bright orange backpack which showed off her individual style. This outfit showed off her casual style and attention was also drawn to her small face and sleek shape.


Netizens left comments expressing their interest in U-ie's fashion sense like "black, white, and orange blend is cool", "really pretty shoes and bags" and "Fashionista!".

Articles 1 2 3 4 + Trans: AfterSchoolDaze

[NEWS] Jang Geun Suk: I Think I Fall In Love with YoonA

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:48 AM PDT


Actor Jang Geun Suk made public his feeling in working together with YoonA.

On April 27th, 2012, in the interview of KBS 2TV drama "Love Rain", Jang Geun Suk was asked, "How is working together with YoonA?" He answered, "We get along very well. I do not know if it is because we are same-age, but very happy in the filming team, we get along very well."

Jang Geun Suk also added, "To the Seo Joon (Jang Geun Seuk) in the drama, Ha Na (YoonA) is a very new and unique character. She is very sticky but has a clear eye. Such a character never appeared in the world of Seo Joon, it's the same in my world. I think I am really in love."

YoonA said, "I'm I'm in love with Seo Joon. Ha Na loves Tae Sung for a long time, but I found myself fall in love with Seo Joon in a moment."

Source: asian-drama.org

[NEWS] Lee Seung Gi Fluent English Pronunciation Acting in King 2Hearts

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:47 AM PDT


The fluent English of Lee Seung Gi in "The King 2 Hearts" is attracting people's attention.

In episode 11 of MBC's "The King 2 Hearts" broadcast on April 25th, 2012, after Lee Jae Ha (Lee Seung Gi) learned the news that Kim Hang Ah (Ha Ji Won) suffered from miscarriage, Lee Jae Ha conveyed the apology to the people, and decided to go to North Korea. But, North Korea does not allow his entry, and Lee Jae Ha waits at Panmunjom.

Lee Seung Gi was showing the mood of Lee Jae Ha with fluent English acting skill. Lee Jae Ha explained his position in front of monitoring committee members from independent countries in Panmunjom. The fluent English and decisive eyes' expression acting of Lee Seung Gi, is shining.

Netizens who watched the episode said, "The acting of Lee Seung Gi in English speaking is good," "Pronunciation is good, because of practiced for many times?" "King should be like Lee Jae Ha" and so on.

Source: asian-drama.org

[NEWS] Lee Seung Gi Transforms into “Salad King” to Show Refreshing Charm

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:47 AM PDT



Recently, Lee Seung Gi who plays the role of South Korean king in MBC TV played in the South Korean MBC TV drama "The King 2 Hearts" took off his straight royal family uniform to shoot the endorsement CF for Pizza Hut.

In the published photos from the scene, Lee Seung Gi was either looking absent-minded at the full table of salads, or was filling the plate full with salad, and dully stared at it from a distance. His sparkling fresh smile, showing the fresh charm of the "salad king."

Netizens commented on the photos of Lee Seung Gi, "Is eating salad the secret to maintain the fit body?" "Lee Seung Gi and refreshing sweet and sour salad are well matched," "Looking at refreshing smile, I feel very happy" and so on.



In addition, the Pizza Hut CF which shows the charm of "salad king" Lee Seung Gi debuts at May 1st, 2012.

Source: asian-drama.org

[VIDEO] T-ARA promotes Happy Energy campaign

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:46 AM PDT


T-ara promotes Happy Energy campaign by Naver.
Watch T-ara's Happy Energy videos while singing Happy Birthday!





[NEWS] Yoona Answers Questions About Acting in ‘Love Rain’

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:46 AM PDT


Girls' Generation's Yoona and Yuri are going head to head in dramas, and it has been revealed that they are burdened by the comparison of their acting skills.

On April 27th, Yoona met with reporters in Sangsudong where KBS 2TV's "Love Rain" was filming. She gave her honest opinion on the citizens' thoughts. Yoona was asked about the comparison between her and Yuri's acting skills. She replied, "Our worries are different. It's Yuri's first time acting while it is time for me to strengthen my path as an actress", and "I was surprised when I first saw Yuri acting. It was much better than my first time".

Also, she explained the change in her acting, saying, "It's been two years since I last acted, and during the two years, I feel like I matured a lot. While I'm reading the script, my field of vision on dramas becomes wider. If I looked at only my character before, now I think about the drama in general and then analyze my character."

When asked about Girls' Generation members' reactions when they watched "Love Rain", Yoona replied, "They all said they liked that I came out very pretty. They were especially surprised at the kiss scene."

Sooyoung was selected as the member who monitors her the best. Yoona said, "Sooyoung unnie personally recorded my Japanese lines. I always listened to it right before I started acting, and from time to time, I was surpised because Sooyoung's tone of voice popped out in my lines."

Sources: Osen, KBS
Translated by: jyhwang@soshified, minigiglo@soshified
Edited by: MoonSoshi9@soshified, bhost909@soshified

[NEWS] ‘Twinkle’ Achieves All-Kill on Korean Charts, Places Highly on iTunes Charts Worldwide

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:45 AM PDT


Shortly after being released, Girls' Generation – TTS's "Twinkle" gained an all-kill on Korean music charts, while the mini-album ranked in various positions on iTunes charts across the globe.

The song shot to #1 on MelOn, Bugs, Olleh, Soribada, Mnet, Daum and Naver mere hours after the release, but perhaps even more exciting is the reaction to the worldwide album release. "Twinkle" not only charted highly in South Korea, but in various countries around the world on the iTunes store. The mini-album rose to #2 on the iTunes Pop album chart in the US store, and peaked at #4 in the overall album chart, just behind world-renowned and 6-time Grammy award winning artist Adele and her album "21″, which won Album of the Year in early 2012. Girls' Generation set yet another record as the highest ranking Korean artist on the iTunes album charts.

Alongside their success in the US Chart, Girls' Generation – TTS charted highly in many more countries. "Twinkle" rose to #10 on iTunes Mexico's pop album chart, #18 in Spain, #32 in Ireland, #26 in the Netherlands, #22 in the UK, and charted at various positions on the Top Albums chart, including #11 in Sweden, #2 in Japan, #6 in Brazil, #60 in the UK, #15 in Finland, #36 in France, #56 in Italy, #5 in Canada, #4 in Australia, #8 in New Zealand, and even #1 in Bulgaria, showing just how just how global the appeal of Girls' Generation has become.

Source: iTunes, MelOn, Bugs, Olleh, Soribada, Mnet, Daum, Naver
Written by: bethlyhem.@soshified
Edited by: MoonSoshi9@soshified

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[INTERVIEW] Ga In's Interview in Easy Magazine 632 Issue

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:00 AM PDT



Son Ga In
The Reversal Life of The Goddess

The chic Ga In is actually an independant lady who has long been living alone. Surprisingly different from being the not so active girl in the program "We Got Married", it's a completely different situation in her own home!

The Loneliness of Living Alone

Always appearing so chic, Ga In gives off the impression that she would be a really indepedant woman. Maybe we can see her as the modern woman of this generation. Ga In has started living alone since about 2 years ago. But she will probably deny it if we were to say that she is a person who is really suitable for living alone. "Living alone is good for girls with boyfriends or those girls who love to go out and have fun. But for me, it's just giving me even more time to feel lonely" (*laughs).

"Even though I'm rather used to playing alone since young and having fun entertaining myself, but still living alone is really different from playing alone. But if you were to tell me not to live alone now, I'll probably won't do it either, haha."

Surprisingly Good Living Alone

Fans would probably be interested to know the things Ga In would do in her house when living alone. But each time celebrities were asked this question, they seem to think that they are the same just like everyone else. And of course, Ga In feels this way too.

"I'll just do whatever I can alone, like cleaning chores. Normal people clean their homes once every few days right, but that don't work for me. I won't allow my home to be messy. I'll clean it up the moment I see places which are dirty. My house has never been dirty ever since I started living alone, it's really the truth! And I've picked all the furniture in my house myself and some were even assembled by me, so I couldn't bare to see them
being dirtied. And because I did art when I was young, my house is actually pretty not bad!

The Mature Kind of Female Celebrity

Because of the effects of her strong eye makeup and stage outfits, Ga In gives off the feeling that she would be under the category of the mature, sexy celebrities. But it is unexpected that Ga In has actually been troubled over her more mature looks since young.

"It's true, I used to be really troubled over my more mature looks! I used to wrote about this problem everyday in my diary and I'm still keeping the diary I started when I was in elementary school. I even took it out and read it frequently when I was in high school, but not now. I've probably grown tired of it already." (*laughs) "Of course I wrote all sorts of other problems in the diary too, seems like I really did think too much when I was young, haha. But each time I look back to when I was young, I'll still feel that my younger self is really adorable."

PLEASE TAKE OUT WITH FULL CREDITS
Source: Easy Magazine Interview
Translation : @summerblues_
Shared by: MuyBG@4everlastings

[VIDEO] Shinhwa's Minwoo parodies 2NE1's "I Am The Best" ; scores 100!

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 01:16 AM PDT


On Shinhwa's Broadcast, the playful members parody different songs. Babies were the judges.
As soon as 2NE1's song "I Am the Best" starts, the babies gone wild and Minwoo scores 100 for doing a parody of the song.

Watch the funny moment below:

[NEWS] Girls’ Generation’s New CFs and Photos for Korea Yakult Receive Overwhelming Response from Fans

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 01:00 AM PDT


Korea Yakult has just released a new CF featuring Girls' Generation. The CF shows the members of Girls' Generation strutting down a runway while holding a new Korea Yakult diet product called "Look". All of the members looked stunning in outfits which showed off their slim figures and long legs.

Earlier today, the Twitter account for Korea Yakult also tweeted several photos of Girls' Generation from the filming of the CF and from a Korea Yakult leaflet. The photos created an explosive response among Twitter users, receiving hundreds of retweets for each photo in less than a minute each. In response, a representative from Korea Yakult stated, "It was a very mystical experience. We hire famous models from time to time, but this is my first time experiencing such a reaction."

The new photos of Girls' Generation from Korea Yakult can be found in Soshified's Photos Section. Check out the new CF below.


Sources: Sport Chosun, Yakultsweet@twitter.com, seungki7@twitter.com
Written by: bhost909@soshified
Contributor: minigiglo@soshified, MoonSoshi9@soshified

[VIDEO] SISTAR wins Mutizen and other Inkigayo performances

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 12:56 AM PDT




SISTAR wins this week's Inkigayo mutizen award.
Watch SISTAR's performance with their song "Alone"





CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS!

Meanwhile, watch other performances from today's Inkigayo such as IU,
X-CROSS, Baechigi, Supernova, BtoB, Andamiro, Yangpa, NU'EST, Girl's Day, 4-minute and many more.

GIRL'S DAY



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[VIDEO] IVY serenades Inkigayo with her "Torn Heart"

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 12:50 AM PDT


After long hiatus, sexy diva IVY has returned!
This time, she'll mesmerized you with her ballad song from her new EP album "Interview".
The song title is "Torn Heart" Watch her performance below:

[INFO] B1A4 - FAQ About the Beautiful Target Launch event and Handshake session in Japan!

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 12:25 AM PDT



FAQ about B1A4's 'Beautiful Target' launch event and handshake session
Please read the below for the answers to frequently asked questions about the 'Beautiful Target' launch event and handshake session on the 30th of June 2012 (Saturday) and 1st of July 2012 (Sunday).

Q&A: Handshake session
Q: Where and when will the handshake session with B1A4 be held?
A: It will be held on the 30th of June 2012 (Saturday). Details about where and when will be announced later via HP. This time, there will only be one handshake session held in the Kantou region.
Q: How will I be able to participate in the handshake session?
A: When you purchase B1A4's maxi-single 'Beautiful Target' (First Press Limited Edition Version A or First Press Limited Edition Version B or First Press Regular Edition) released on the 27th of June, a ticket for the handshake session will be included with the CD. Bring the ticket along on the day of the handshake session and you will be participate in the session. Further details will be announced later via HP.
Q: Will I be able to shake the hands of all the members?
A: With one ticket, you will be able to shake hands once with all five members of B1A4.
Q: If I have more than one ticket, how many times will I be able to shake hands with the members?
A: As long as it is within the stipulated time, you'd be able to shake hands with the members for as many times as the number of tickets you have.
Q: On the day of the handshake session, will B1A4 be performing?
A: B1A4 will not be performing on the handshake session on the 30th of June 2012. They will only hold a handshake session.
Q: Will I be able to give the members of B1A4 any presents?
A: You will not be able to give the members any presents directly. However, on that day, there will be a box for fans to place their presents, and you may leave your presents for B1A4 in the box.
Q: Where can I purchase the First Press Limited Edition Version A, First Press Limited Edition Version B and First Press Regular Edition of the maxi-single 'Beautiful Target'?
A: All CD shops nationwide and online shops will be selling the maxi-single. For further details, please check with wherever you will be purchasing the CD from. (Not all shops may carry the First Press Regular Edition, please bear with us because as of now, only Pony Canyon has the full details of which shops will be selling them.)
Q: On the day of the handshake session, will B1A4's CDs be sold?
A: On the day itself, the maxi-single 'Beautiful Target' and their album 'LET'S FLY/it B1A4' will be sold. Further details about the timing of which it would be sold will be announced later via HP.
Q: Will I be able to take photos or videos on that day?
A: No, it will not be allowed.
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Q&A: Launch Event
Q: Where and when will the launch event for 'Beautiful Target' be held?
A: It will be held on the 7th of July, 2012 (Sunday) at Lazona Kawasaki Plaza. Further details about the timing will be announced later via HP.
Q: Please tell me what will be happening during the launch event.
A: B1A4 will be performing and they will be talking/interacting with the audience.
Q: If I wish to watch the 'Beautiful Target' launch event, what should I do?
A: The 'Beautiful Target' launch event will be held in a free space, so anyone will be able to watch it. However, due to how the venue is built, there may be places where it is hard to see the stage. Also, admission may be limited if the number of people gathered exceed the capacity of the venue.
Q: If I go early to the venue, would I be able to reserve places for myself?
A: The details of how the performance venue has not been finalised. Even if you go to Lazona Kawasaki Plaza early, it is possible that the venue for the launch event may change. In addition, staying at the venue to reserve a place from the day before is strictly prohibited.
Q: Will there be a handshake session during the launch event?
A: No, it is an event during which only a performance and talking/interaction will be happening.
Q: Will I be able to give the members of B1A4 any presents?
A: Due to how the venue is organised, you will not be able to give the members any presents.
Q: On the day of the handshake session, will B1A4's CDs be sold?
A: On the day itself, the maxi-single 'Beautiful Target' and their album 'LET'S FLY/it B1A4' will be sold. Further details about the timing of which it would be sold will be announced later via HP.
Q: Will I be able to take photos or videos on that day?
A: No, it will not be allowed.
If you have further enquiries that have not been answered in this FAQ corner, please email info-pcmg@ponymail.jp.


source: b1a4.info
trans cr: tables @ AVIATEB1A4

[PICTURE] Stripe Jung sisters! Krystal and Jessica

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 12:28 AM PDT


On April 29, Krystal uploaded a photo with her sister.
She said,

"Out from our rooms then….Telepathy!!!!!StripeJUNGs"

On the picture, the sisters are posing sweetly to each other and both are wearing stripe clothes.
On the first photo, they are both looking to each other while on the second one, they are holding hands and making cute pose.

Source: Krystal's me2day
Written by KYUriShana@dkpopnews.net

[VIDEO] B.A.P. is back with Power on Inkigayo

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 12:44 AM PDT



B.A.P. is back!
Watch their powerful comeback performance in Inkigayo today!



Don't forget to support their mini album "POWER"

[VIDEO] IU 's performances at KMW at Bangkok

Posted: 29 Apr 2012 12:00 AM PDT


IU attended KMW (Korean Music Wave) event at Bangkok.
Here are some of her performances. She also had a duet with SHINee's Taemin performing acoustic versions of Gee, Juliet and Hello.

Watch below:

w/ Taemin



You and I

[NEWS] The forbidden love between the “Princess of the boys” and the “Prince of the girls’ school”

Posted: 28 Apr 2012 11:57 PM PDT


The popular manga been released in the whole world and exceeding in 10 million of copies of total, the movie from "Aiore!" will be showed as a national road show sequential starting on Shinjuku Kadokawa Cinema, and the official site has been opened.

You'll fall in love with the "Boys who looks like girls" and "girls who looks like boys" concept. On the leading role, starring Karam from the KPOP group Daikoku Danji as Akira Shiraishi called the princess of the movie. On the other hand, Ohno Ito from the movie "Koukou Debut" is in the role called Mizuki Sakurazaka, the prince of high school, and both her and Akira are challenged to Cross-Dressing.

The Girl Rock Band "BLAUE ROZEN" will appear and actually make a debut CD. The popular model AKIRA starring as Kaoru sings the theme song "Re:Birthday" and plays "ai yori aoku (so blue as love)", already recorded.

In addition, about a series of news in Korea, Daikoku Danji website says "we are sorry if we cause you great worry about, we really apologize". After described "the members of Daikoku Danji not have been interrogated and they are not related to this incident, We will be pleased to report with no doubts that there is no suspicion of any thing related to this incident was confirmed". 1st Korean album was scheduled to be released in South Korea on April 17 was postponed, but the "Daikoku Danji Japan First Live 2012″ DVD will be released as planned in Japan.

Source: livedoor.com
Translation credit: Seth@StardustBoss

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[INFO] SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III in TOKYO Decided!

Posted: 28 Apr 2012 11:30 PM PDT


The "SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III" that kicks off in LA on 20 May will be making a much anticipated stop in Japan!

With a new format and performances as well as new collaborations, this upgraded version of "SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III" is something you should not miss.

[SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III in TOKYO]

■ Date : 4 & 5 August 2012

■ Location : Tokyo Dome

■ Opening time/Start time

・4 August (15:00 / 17:00)
・5 August (14:00 / 16:00)

■ Performers list :

BoA / Tohoshinki / Super Junior / Shoujo Jidai / SHINee / f(x) / EXO-K / EXO-M and More

Line-up may change depending on schedule

■ Ticketing Period

27 April 2012 12:00 ~ 22 May 2012 12:00

http://tickebo.jp/1204-smt02/

■ Ticket Price : ¥12,800(Tax Inclusive)

■ Administrative cost : ¥450(Tax Inclusive)

■ Each ballot application can only apply for a maximum of 2 tickets

(Other Ticket Details omitted)

Source : [Bigeast Official Site]

Translated & Shared by : dongbangdata.net

[NEWS] Leeteuk reveals his miserable childhood

Posted: 28 Apr 2012 11:00 PM PDT


Super Junior leader, Leeteuk, who never fails to smile reveals a very sad story from his past.

On April 27, MBC aired a special documentary "Super Junior Dreams of K-POP Legend" featuring the group's concert in Paris, France.

Leeteuk said, "Training for 5 years, I am uncertain if I'll be successful in this career. I feel so unlucky? I think I would be happier if i was born in richer and better family," and added that he is always looking for happiness.

Upon asking what's the situation before he debuted, Super Junior's leader started to tear off and is not able to hold back his tears, he said, "I haven't talked about this before..." and confessed that his parents don't have good relationship.

He continued, "My parents are always fighting and I always got hit many times before. Since elementary I'm always stressed out. I hate my father and I am scared of him."

"During my training, I always asked myself if this is really what I want. I wanted to be successful as fast as I could."

Meanwhile, the broadcast also features other members' daily life and behind the scenes from the concert.

Source: Nate
Written by KYUriShana@dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] Big Bang's TOP can't take his eyes off Suzy

Posted: 28 Apr 2012 10:30 PM PDT



Big Bang's TOP is recently catching attention for staring at Miss A's Suzy.

On the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards conducted on April 26 at Seoul Olympic Stadium, TOP appeared as a presenter.

Suzy won the "Best New Movie Actress" for this year. She is pretty at the awarding ceremony wearing a white tube mini dress.

TOP who is currently on the same stage as Suzy who is receiving her award, apparently can't take his eyes off from her.

Source: Nate
Written by KYUriShana@dkpopnews.net