Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"[NEWS] The World’s Top Choreographer ‘Lyle Beniga’ Participated in the Choreography for EXO-K and EXO-M’s Title Song ‘MAMA’!" plus 24 more

"[NEWS] The World’s Top Choreographer ‘Lyle Beniga’ Participated in the Choreography for EXO-K and EXO-M’s Title Song ‘MAMA’!" plus 24 more


[NEWS] The World’s Top Choreographer ‘Lyle Beniga’ Participated in the Choreography for EXO-K and EXO-M’s Title Song ‘MAMA’!

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 08:56 AM PDT



XO-K and EXO-M have also been attracting the attention with their powerful choreography. 

The choreography for the title song 'MAMA' is the combined work of Lyle Beniga, the world's top choreographer, and Beat Burger, SM's performance director. Lyle Beniga is especially known for his work with the films 'Fame' and 'Boogie Town,' as well as for his career as a dancer in tour performances for famous pop stars such as Usher and Christina Aguilera.

Also, the perfect group dance with the grand orchestral sound and their powerful and trendy performances are expected to receive more love.  

Moreover, the music video of 'MAMA' (both Korean and Chinese versions) received over 3,000,000 views on April 15th, just a week after EXO-K and EXO-M released the music video. 

Meanwhile, EXO-K and EXO-M will continue performing 'MAMA' in Korea and China. 


Source: SMTOWN

[NEWS] 4minute brings back 'women power' with Volume Up!

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 08:45 AM PDT



4minute has broken nearly two months of dominance by boybands on online music charts by hitting #1 this week.

Online music store Soribada recently revealed that the sexy girl group has topped the boys on their weekly chart (4/9 to 4/15). The girls recently released their mini-album, Volume Up, and the title track has been sweeping the charts across Korea.

Nonetheless, Busker Busker has continued their popularity with their song "Sakura Ending" at the #2 spot, and also taking the #8, #10, #17 and #20 positions on the chart. Girl group SISTAR also came in at #3 on the track with their song "Alone" and another track, "No Mercy" managed to get the #18 spot.




Source: NATE
Translating + Editing + Reporting: its_matteo & kkwonsso. @ 4-minute.com

[INTERVIEW] 10 Asia's Interview with Sandeul and Baro!

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 08:34 AM PDT



My name is Sandeul. My real name is Lee Junghwan.
I was born on 1992.03.20. I have a noona who is two years older than me.

Because I have a lot of hair, there are times when my head looks big. If I grew my hair like CNU hyung, I think my head would look twice as large?
When I was first added to B1A4, I had an asymmetrical hairstyle. (Baro: Really? I thought it was like a mop of hair.) I cut it into an asymmetrical hairstyle, but my hair had grown a bit. Seems like the other members don't remember. Hmm… (Gongchan: That was Lee Junghwan hyung.) Yeah, that's right. Because Lee Junghwan and Sandeul are completely different people. Hahahaha.

I suffered the most with a hidden camera initiation ceremony. There was a 'koong!' sound in the dorms, and when I went towards the sound, I saw that Jinyoung hyung had fainted on the floor. It was a serious situation, but everyone kept telling me to hold hyung on my back, so I was on my way to go outside after holding him when hyung started laughing like 'hehe'. That's when I noticed it. Really~ (Jinyoung: Because it would hurt if I really fell onto the floor, I punched the floor like 'pang!' and then laid down slightly.)

I'm good at acting like I'm sick too. Euhehe. I played hooky using that a lot during elementary school. But there was a time when I faked being sick in kindergarten to my mom and then had to receive a shot on my spinal cord. The doctor suddenly put a giant needle in my back like 'puk!' and this really cannot be explained in words. I couldn't even make out a sound and I just sat there with tears rolling down my face. Sob sob.

There was a time when I rode an amusement park ride when I was younger, but the rope snapped off and I was shocked. I jumped with my body attached to the rope and was coming down after rotating in midair, when I noticed that the rope was going to snap because it was worn out. While thinking, 'Huh…? This isn't it…?', the rope snapped and my body fell immediately on top of the mat. My parents were so surprised that they continuously complained towards maintenance. After that incident, I don't trust anything where I have to hang from a rope.

Although I like playing baseball, it's truthfully not fun when I watch someone else play it. That's why even though I don't know much about pro baseball, I didn't really like the Hanhwas. Whenever I went to the Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, it was always Lotte against Hanhwa and they always lost. Because I was so angry, I said, "Ah, now I'm not going to go watch baseball because of Hanhwa!", but CNU hyung was a Hanhwa fan. Euhaha. (CNU: I don't know why he acts like that toward Hanhwa.)

Because Gongchan is so keen, there are times when he's scary. When we play the mafia game with each other, he would just watch us like this~ and then say, "Hyung, you're the mafia, right?" and find out the real mafia like that. So scary!

I'm quite good at making rice. When I'm in charge of making rice, we can have firm rice, but when someone else is in charge of it, we have to eat dry and hard rice. (Jinyoung: I'll admit that he's good at making rice because he measures the water well!)

I created the soy sauce rice pancake and bi-ramyun. I made it on MBC every1's 'Weekly Idols' and even Jung Hyungdon senior said it's tasty. For the soy sauce rice pancake, you mix egg into soy sauce rice and cook it into a pancake, but if you add chili sauce on it, it's really tasty. And the bi-ramyun is a dish that combines bibimmyun (mixed noodles) and ramyun. It has to be Paldo's Bibimmyun and Ansungtangmyun. The first time I made it was when I was 7 years old and when my friend ate it, they fell in love with it and went on their knees. I'm serious!




My name is Baro.
 My real name is Cha Sunwoo. I am the only blood type B in B1A4.
I was born on 1992.09.05. I have a younger sister who went into her first year of high school this year.

I personally did all the rap making for this album. When writing raps, I usually listen to the song and write it to what I'm feeling at that time. And because I do that, the feeling would be different if I listened to it today since I wrote it yesterday, I keep changing it till I'm content with it. There are times where I just put in things that I already wrote before, but that's only when I really can't think of anything!

It's the first time since high school that I cut my hair this short. I personally think that short hair suits me better and I really like it because it's comfortable when showering. It takes exactly 3 minutes to wash and dry my hair. Huhuhu. When I bleached my hair blonde, my hair wouldn't dry at all so my scalp was getting worse too, but now I really feel refreshed.

Being an actor was my dream originally. There was a time when I studied really hard in high school because I thought going to the theater department in a university in Seoul was the way to become an actor. I was a kid who always just listened to music and played games, but I suddenly changed and diligently went to cram school. For around… one month? Hehe. And because I brought up my grades to over half of what I normally had, I went up to the upper middle percentile.

When I went to go audition, my mom enthusiastically helped. She sent me to a dermatologist and went into the city and bought me clothes. That was the first time she ever bought me such expensive clothes.

I was the first to be confirmed as a B1A4 member. Should I say I'm the 1st group for B1A4. Hahaha. (Sandeul: Ah~ You're in the 1st group? Big senior!) So I was secretly watching when Jinyoung hyung was auditioning, but he was really good at acting threatening. (Jinyoung: Don't you mean Gonggil? [T/N: Threatening = gonggal while Gonggil is a character from 'The King's Man']) Ah, I thought something was wrong. Is the movie title, 'The King and I'? (CNU: Euhaha. I think you mean 'The King's Man'! He talks so well. / Sandeul: 1st group-nim, why are you acting like this? You're normally a smart person.) Anyways, the way he was immersed in it was really cool and I thought his face was good-looking, so I personally appealed to the company that it would be good if he was picked.

To pick the order of who showers, we always play rock-paper-scissors among the members in the dorm. I like it the most when I get 1st, because I can shower first. However, I think that everyone's glory days rotate around and goes little by little to each person. Sometimes, there would be someone who would constantly get 1st place and then drop down to last place on another day.

Whenever I'm on cooking duty with Sandeul, the members didn't really like it. Because both of us are bad at cooking, it was to the point where everyone would say, "Hey, if you can, just make us something like a 3 minute meal [T/N: microwavable meal]. And you guys, don't cook." But we ate the food that Sandeul cooked during the recordings of 'Weekly Idols' and it was really tasty, so I was surprised.

The specialty of hidden cameras that we do are, we take a lot of time on it. It doesn't work if we try showing it to you in a short amount of time and there has to be a continuous story line. That's how you trick them well. Euheuheuheu. When there's no one to trick, Jinyoung hyung acts by himself. He would say, 'I'm hurting so much, I can't breathe', and lay on the bed. Because this happens everyday, even the once-innocent Sandeul, has become used to it.

Although I like going on amusement park rides, I don't really like the speedy ones. I gained a phobia of it when I was younger after seeing the car that my mom was driving, get into an accident. I don't really want to get a driver's license either. Safety is the best. Always stay safe!


Trans. cr; hyejin @ b1a4trans
Source cr; 10asia

[NEWS] Hyomin, Soyeon and Eunjung not appearing in "Roly-Poly 2" musical anymore!

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 08:14 AM PDT



T-ara members including Hyomin, Soyeon and Eunjung will not appear in Roly Poly 2 musical anymore.

The three girls are not listed on the performers list for the "Roly-Poly 2" or "New Roly-Poly" musical anymore, which is the sequel to the first, that begins in June. All three were announced to be returning but the new and full cast list doesn't mention them anywhere.

All the members of T-ara are busy helping the new 7-member girl group that will debut soon. They are also preparing for their first concert in Japan and for their new albums. That might be the reason why they were pulled out


Credit: nathaniel @ Diadem + tiararthe1 @ Twitter
Written by: angelclowie18@dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] Jessica thanks fans for birthday wishes

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 07:37 AM PDT


On April 18th, Girls Generation's "Ice Princess" celebrated her 23rd birthday. To express her gratitude to the fans, who have showered her with birthday wishes and presents, Jessica sent a personal message to her fans.

Jessica posted a message on Girls Generation's official homepage and uploaded some photos taken from her birthday celebration. She wrote:

It is alright if I receive so much love and congratulations from people?
I'm very touched and grateful eu-ang~
I hope that I can express my feelings thoroughly T T (Please be expressed.. expressed.. expressed.... kekeke)
Thanks to everyone, it became the world's happiest day for me!

I~ blew out many cakes (candles)^^ heehee
Members who sang cool songs together for me, I love you (heart)

p.s. At the moment I almost blew the cake away with my power! Writer Miyeong took this picture !! hehe
Anyway it's still my birthday even if I don't look pretty... So just... Pass kekeke

Meanwhile, Jessica's fan gave her a very special gift by placing a sweet birthday message in a newspaper advertisement. The fans also took time to celebrate her birthday on Twitter, as "#IcePrincessDay" and #HappyJungJessicaDay" both trended in first place worldwide trending list. "Happy Birthday Jessica Jung" also trended in second place.

Happy birthday Jessica!




Credit: @imwhywhy
Source: Girls Generation
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[PICTURE] U-Kiss releases teaser image for “DORA DORA”

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 07:18 AM PDT


After wrapping up their promotions in Japan, U-Kiss will be making their comeback with their 6th mini album "DORA DORA." To heighten up anticipation, the boys unveiled an image teaser for their comeback album.

On April 18th, U-Kiss released the teaser via their official Twitter. The members can be seen looking fierce and charismatic in their own unique outfits. In contrary to U-Kiss' manly charms, the teaser also features a fresh concept, with its colorful designs.

Meanwhile, U-Kiss will be releasing AJ's self-composed track on April 20th, ahead of their official comeback. The group has collaborated with famous producers Kim Hyung Seok and Brian Kim in producing the album. In addition, Jay Park took part in writing the lyrics of a song "For You".

U-Kiss will be dropping their 6th mini album "DORA DORA" on April 25th.


Source: U-Kiss Twitter
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[VIDEO] 2PM’s Junho & Vanness Wu’s MV making film Part 4

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 07:03 AM PDT


In addition to Parts 1, 2 and 3, the Part 4 of making-of film for 2PM's Junho & popular Taiwanese singer Vanness Wu's upcoming collaboration track has been unveiled via 2PM's official Youtube channel.

As previously revealed, Junho and Vanness Wu have recorded the track "Invincibility" for the OST of Taiwanese drama 'Tiamo Chocolate'. The released video features behind-the-scene cuts and snippets from the shooting of the music video for the track.

"Invincibility" will be released on April 20th.

[NEWS] 2NE1’s Sandara hits the race track

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 06:48 AM PDT


Girl group 2NE1 member, Sandara Park, has went out on a running tournament.

On April 17, Sandara Park posted on her me2day, "Jjangmae VS Dara!!! Jjangmae, who will run really fast when there is meat to eat, is on the first lane! And when there are Blackjacks who call her! Dara, who will come running immediately, is on the second lane! Darong who has an expression of severe determination! What can be expected of her running skills?!?" and attached the above photo.

In the photo, Sandara Park is wearing a pink and white running outfit, with a matching head band. Particularly, her trademark "horn" hairstyle, added to her youthful charm and appeal. Even if they are still in the starting line, Sandara Park is throwing her manager Jjangmae a fierce, pointed look, ready for competition, making netizens amused.

Netizens who saw the picture commented with, "I'm throwing my bet on Dara. Wah! Who will be quicker? But Sandara Park looks like she can run really well?" "When I call, you will come running? Dara-ya! Look at Jjangmae's eyes! He looks like he's ready to fight for the meat. Who will win this?" they said, cheering her on.


Source: Nate
Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

[NEWS] YoonA makes Jang Geun Suk hallucinate on ‘Love Rain’

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 06:32 AM PDT


YoonA's beauty exploded while modeling for Jang Geun Suk.

On the 18th episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Love Rain" aired on April 17th, Jung Hana (played by YoonA) became Seo Joon's (Jang Geun Suk) advertisement model as she promised.

Jeong Hana tried working on an ad for the first time in her life. The stylist breathed out a sigh as she said, "You really can't live up the style." Seo Joon stopped the whole process after a while.

He handed her a magazine and told her to pick anything she wanted to wear. When she picked out something he told the stylist, "Get something exactly like this and we will commence again tomorrow afternoon."

Wearing what she picked out from the magazine, Hana was much more natural and beautiful. Jo Soo (Oh Seung Yoon) admired her as he said, "You are so beautiful." As all the staff members paid compliments to Jung Hana, she started to get nervous. Seo Joon let everyone out and the two were left alone to work.

When Seo Joon asked Hana why she picked out that dress, she smiled as she answered and he took a picture of her. Everyone was amazed at the picture he took after the photo shoot and even Hana herself couldn't believe and asked, "Is this really me?"

Seo Joon hallucinated about Hana after the photo shoot. At the end of the episode, Seo Joon confessed to Jung Hana, "I like you."


Source: Nate
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] Kim Seo Hyung: “A PD threw an ashtray at me”

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 06:13 AM PDT


Actress Kim Seo Hyung reminisced the time when she was called a cocky rookie.

Kim Seo Hyung spoke about her experience as a rookie when she debuted as an open recruit actress but had to endure only short roles and live on rooftop houses on the KBS 2TV program "Win Win". When she was asked why she was called 'cocky' she said, "I only said what needed to be said".

She said, "It is compulsory for open recruits to be on stage of the acting awards. I was late for script reading but I notified someone beforehand. Still, the producer asked me where I was and why I was late."

Although she told him what happened, the PD threw an ashtray at Kim Seo Hyung and dumbfounded, she just stared at him. "I couldn't say I was sorry and I wondered what he had just thrown at me."

She continued, "This wasn't fair but I was dragged out." She also explained that she was put off from dramas, almost being kicked out as an open recruit and had to suffer trouble for casting.


Source: hancinema

[NEWS] U-Kiss to release AJ’s self-composed track ahead of comeback

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 06:00 AM PDT


Prior to their official comeback, U-Kiss will be releasing member AJ's self-composed track off of their upcoming mini album.

The song "Amazing", track 4 off of their upcoming 6th mini album "DORA DORA" will be release on the midnight of April 20th through online music sites. "Amazing" was composed and written by AJ himself.

Meanwhile, U-Kiss will be dropping their 6th mini album "DORA DORA" on April 25th. This will be their first comeback in Korea in 6 months, after wrapping up their promotions in Japan. U-Kiss has worked with famous producers Kim Hyung Seok and Brian Kim in producing the album. In addition, Jay Park took part in writing the lyrics of a song "For You".


Source: U-Kiss
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] JYJ Yoochun’s fans donate 13 million Won to charity

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 05:43 AM PDT


JYJ member Park Yoochun's fan club made an amazing way to show their support for his SBS drama "Rooftop Prince."

Starting February 15th through March 31st, Yoochun's fan club collected Naver's charity currency, called Happy Beans. After six weeks, they managed to gather about 13 million won which they used to purchase rice, ramen and other items. The collected donations were then given to charitable organizations for the elderly, multi-cultural families, single mother families and the disabled.

A total of 179 different organizations have signed up for the project, of which 42 organizations were chosen to receive the aid. The thanked the fans saying, "We are now able to give the elderly meals thanks to the fans of Yoochun" and "Yoochun must be proud of his amazing fans."



Source: Nate
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[PICTURE] Yesung, Sungmin and Jay Park visit Kyuhyun in ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 05:28 AM PDT


Super Junior's Yesung and Sungmin, along Jay Park, came together to visit their friend Kyuhyun at the backstage of his latest musical 'Catch Me If You Can'.

On April 17th, Super Junior member Yesung tweeted, "Went to watch Kyuhyun, Jungyeol-hyung and Publae-hyung's musical and took a proof shot with Sungmin and Jaebummie! Yay~~!", and attached the above photo.

In the photo, Kyuhyun can be seen smiling brightly while being surrounded by his fellow groupmates and friends Yesung, Sungmin, Jay Park and co-stars Lee Jung Yeol and Kim Bub Rae.

In the musical, Kyuhyun is playing the role of Frank Abagnale Jr, a real-life gifted con artist, who successfully wheedled millions of dollars while pretending to be an airline pilot, a doctor and a prosecutor.


Source: Yesung's Twitter
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[PICTURE] Shinhwa’s Eric and Lee Min Woo visit Sunny on ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 05:13 AM PDT


Shinhwa members recently watched the musical 'Catch Me If You Can' to showed their support for their juniors.

On April 18th, Lee Min Woo tweeted via Shinhwa Company official Twitter, "Having been invited by Sunny, Eric and Minwoo watched a musical on our honeylike day off~ It was really interesting and even better than the movie! Kyuhyunnie so cool! Sunny cutie jjang! Soshi-Suju hurray~!!!"

In the attached photo, Shinhwa members Lee Min Woo and Eric took a proof shot with Girls' Generation's Sunny, who is currently playing the lead role in the musical 'Catch Me If You Can'.

Sunny plays the role of nurse Brenda Strong, who is Frank Abagnale's (Kyuhyun and Key) love interest.


Source: Shinhwa Company Twitter
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] One Way’s Youngsky and Peter hint Super Junior’s comeback?

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:58 AM PDT


Talented singers and composers One Way's Youngsky and Peter started teasing fans regarding Super Junior's comeback. The two members revealed that they are in the process of recording a new track for the group.

On April 16th, Peter posted some casual hints in his Twitter. He wrote, "On our way to SM to record them boys of SJ~ We love telling them what to do lol~ have we got a song for you!!!"

Upong reading the update, Super Junior's fans went wild and began asking more details about the song. However, Peter knew how to tease and kept giving short hints.

He continued, "Sky and I are gonna bust a new party anthem for SJ today~ they better be up for what's ahead of them~^^", "How can you not dance to this song better yet how can you not like this song? This song's so bad ass~ but looks like y'all have to wait." and "In perfect time for summer~ this will be playing all thru summer~ (we hope)^^"

What do you think of Peter and Youngsky's updates?


Source: Peter & Youngsky's Twitter
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] TVXQ’s Changmin graces for ‘Dazed & Confused’

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:43 AM PDT


Hallyu group TVXQ member Max Changmin, who is currently busy in ongoing TVXQ's Japanese tour, took some time to participate in a pictorial for fashion magazine 'Dazed & Confused'.

For the fourth anniversary issue of Dazed & Confused, Changmin suits up 'Emporio Armani', which also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The TVXQ member decked himself out in sleek and modern suits from Armani, and mixed it with props like skateboard and lollipop to exude a playful and youthful atmosphere.




Source: Nate
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] Big Bang to endorse Jeju Airlines

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:34 AM PDT



Affordable airline Jeju Airlines has joined hands with idol group Big Bang.

Jeju Airlines has acquired Big Bang to lift their image as a global airline, because Big Bang is representative of K-Pop stars. This was revealed on April 18th.

Big Bang, as a 5 member group consisting of G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP, Daesung, and Seungri will bring popularity to Jeju Airlines through their destinations of Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam. They will be on the home page, newspapers, magazines, online advertisements, and each overseas counter of Jeju Airlines.

Jeju Airlines is also sponsoring Big Bang's Japanese and Asia Tour, starting next month. Big Bang will be boarding these planes with their staff as a group to go on tour. For the Asia tour starting in October, in Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam, they will be not only promoting, but there will also be a Big Bang Concert Travel Package.

Jeju Airlines representatives have stated that "The fact that top class K-pop star Big Bang endorsing the affordable airline, Jeju Airlines, will be a hot topic in Asia," and "They will be a huge help in bringing Japanese and other East Asian travelers who wish to come to Korea.

Source: Asiae
Translated by: @kristinekwak

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[NEWS] Big Bang #1 in Popularity Survey for First Half of 2012

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:33 AM PDT


A survey was conducted by Lees PR, where in a total of 1,329 people were asked who the popular celebrities are for the first half of 2012.

From the evaluation of male singers, Big Bang, a group that is actively supported not only in Korea but also in Japan, America, etc., came in first at 18.1%. They beat Lee Seunggi (11.3%), 2PM (8.1%), Rain (6.9%), and 2AM (5.7%). Shinhwa, who came back after four years on the 23rd of last month with "The Return," was ranked 10th.

(Omitted parts not related to Big Bang)

Source: Star News
Translated by @kristinekwak for bigbangupdates

[NEWS] Jang Nara reveals her gaming addiction

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:28 AM PDT


Singer Jang Nara confessed that she was addicted to an online game.

On the April 17th episode of SBS variety show "Strong Heart", Jang Nara revealed the she once fell into gaming addition. The singer said, "I was addicted into a computer game."

"When I find a new hobby, I tend to get hooked. So recently I got hooked to computer game", she continued. "I played it so much I wouldn't wash or eat and would just spend entire days playing the game."

Jang Nara also confessed, "One day, my thumb swelled and I had to get a surgery because I played video games too much", surprising many viewers who had an image of an innocent school girl.


Source: MyDaily
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] Kim Soo Hyun is worried about Suzy’s acting

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 04:13 AM PDT


Actor Kim Soo Hyun recently participated in a photoshoot for the star lifestyle magazine '@star1'. He also took an interview, where he talked about miss A's Suzy.

During the interview, Kim Soo Hyun shared, "Suzy debuted as an actress through 'Dream High'. When I was a rookie, I thought there was a certain way to act and that prejudice interrupt my performances. However, the director at the time stated that Suzy was like fresh paper."

Kim Soo Hyun continued, Honestly, I was worried a lot at first. But since Suzy didn't have any prejudice, she absorbed acting very quickly. One time I was completely covered up by Suzy's energy. I was amazed. I saw the movie 'Introduction to Architecture', and Suzy's acting was excellent.



Source: Xportsnews
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] B1A4 is ready for summer with ‘Omphalos’

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 03:58 AM PDT


Idol group B1A4 showed off their fresh and boy-next-door charms in the newest spring/summer pictorial for casual clothing brand 'Omphalos'.

B1A4 recently participated in the pictorial under various different concepts. The boys, who are known for their unique and bold fashion style, have showed their diverse charms with casual look.

The boys donned colorful collared shirts, basic shorts and casual sneakers, creating a sensational summer looks and fresh atmosphere.

A spokesperson for B1A4 stated, "B1A4 have recently shot pictorials for the summer items of a clothing brand they are currently working for as models. They'll also hold a signing event for their fans at Home Plus on May 6."



Source: TV Report
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] ‘K-Pop Star’ finalists to collaborate with GD&TOP, miss A and Girls’ Generation

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 03:43 AM PDT


SBS 'K-Pop Star' top 3 finalists, Lee Ha Yi, Park Ji Min and Baek Ah Yeon are set to hold a special collaboration stage performances with representatives of three big agencues, YG, SM and JYP Entertainments.

On April 18th, the show's producer Park Sung Hoon revealed, "GD&TOP, Girls' Generation and miss A will collaborate with Top 3 finalists. They are the strong candidates. We will reveal everything once everything has been confirmed."

The three agencies didn't cast anyone among the Top 3 finalists. The Top 3 will prepare for their 8th live performances with the help for the big agencies. As a result, they will compete against each other under the same condition and many fans are highly anticipating the upcoming broadcast.



Source: TV Report
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] CNBLUE to reveal everyday life on MBC documentary

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 03:28 AM PDT


Rock band CNBLUE will be revealing their everyday life through MBC's documentary "K-Pop Star Captivates the World." Following the first show featuring Hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong, this weekend's ongoing special will air CNBLUE's story.

Titled "Just CNBLUE", the special will be broadcast on April 21. The upcoming episode will show the everyday normal lives of CNBLUE. It will also feature the preparations for their third mini album "EAR FUN", individual activities and members" in-depth interviews.

After Kim Hyun Joong and CNBLUE, "K-Pop Star Captivates the World" is also set to feature idol group B2ST and solo singer IU.


Source: MBC
Written by: jhezwafu @dkpopnews.net

[NEWS] Girls’ Generation voted Most Popular Female Singer for first half of 2012

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 03:13 AM PDT


Lee's PR, a research company, revealed on April 18th that Girls' Generation was the most popular female singer in the first half of 2012. 1,329 people voted in the poll, awarding Girls' Generation 26.9% of the vote.

Girls' Generation beat IU, Wonder Girls, Baek Jiyoung, Lee Hyori and miss A to the top female singer spot. Other than a slight slip in late 2011 where they fell down to number two, Girls' Generation have held the number one spot in the "Female Singer" part of the poll since 2009.

The poll results come as Girls' Generation's popularity is soaring both in South Korea and worldwide. Their 2nd Asia Tour received international love, but their popularity is not just limited to Asia. The girls travelled to New York to film for "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Live with Kelly", and also held a fansign event during their visit. The girls then attended "Music Bank in Paris", further extending their popularity into Europe.

Although Girls' Generation did not promote much in Korea in the first half of 2012, their global activities have made their fanbase even larger, truly making them deserving of the title of "Most Popular Female Singer" of the first half of 2012.


Source: Naver
Written by: bethlyhem.@soshified
Translated by: jyhwang@soshified
Edited by: bhost909@soshified, MoonSoshi9@soshified
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[INTERVIEW] World grows smaller for boy band CNBLUE!

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 02:56 AM PDT



Since their 2009 debut in Korea, CNBLUE have been one of the few rock bastions in the ultra-competitive local music scene dominated by dance-able electro-pop.
Their lasting success has comforted some about the continuing mainstream appeal of rock, while detractors have accused them of packaging innocuous poppy sounds, even calling them a "fake band."
At a recent interview with the four members, front man Jung Yong-hwa, bassist Lee Jung-shin, guitarist Lee Jong-hyun and drummer Kang Min-hyuk, seemed to weigh in little on the controversy, which has been their biggest asterisk since they began.
Rather than theorizing or rationalizing about their career, the barely 20-somethings reveled in it with ample humility. Sometimes, even they were at a loss to describe the reason behind their success.



"Compared to when we were touring (East) Asia with the single 'Love,' (from their second EP 'Bluelove') nowadays K-pop is riding on a much bigger wave," said Jung, adding that their audience and fan base have expanded thanks to the collective expansion of Korean pop music in the last year. "The stages are bigger for us. Most of our fans used to be in their 30s or 40s; now we have more in their 20s or younger."
Much like their K-pop colleagues, CNBLUE have gone from nobodies to superstars almost overnight, starting with their debut Korean EP "Bluetory" and its catchy lead single "I'm a Loner." And they have not stopped since, writing and performing new material across the Korean and Japanese markets.
Most recently, they released their third mini-album titled "Ear Fun," with the single "Hey You" topping domestic on- and offline charts.
Their continuing run of hits in Korea and even their rise to Japanese stardom came as a surprise to many, simply because they stood nowhere near the usual dancing troupe model of K-pop, now noted across the world. There were many critics, however, including Korean rock legend Shin Hae-chul, who publicly accused CNBLUE of plagiarism and also called the band unworthy of bearing that term.
But since their debut, seeing guitars and a drum set on the stage of weekly pop music shows has become less alien. Big Bang, the biggest K-pop boy band that relies heavily on dance, hired a live back-up band. Even indie act Busker Busker, the runner-up on the third season of Korea's "American Idol" equivalent "Superstar K," is now gaining mass-market attention, with their recent major-label debut topping local charts.
"The format of live television shows hasn't changed much and so we have a few improvements we would love as a band," said Jung. "We're content with the fact that we can let our music be heard."
And they certainly have pushed themselves hard on that front.



According to lead guitarist Lee Jong-hyun, in the first four months of this year, they have had 30 live showcases, including nine concerts outside their usual domains of Korea and Japan.
The group is also looking further afield when it comes to giving back. In March, a school named after them was opened in a
small village in southwestern Burkina Faso in West Africa, partially funded by the proceeds of the band's earnings.
"A lot of times we want to help but don't know how," said Jung. "We recently got to watch a video clip of the school, now all finished and in operation. We are very proud of this."
The band's management agency, FNC Entertainment, stated that the contribution to the Burkinabe project, organized by the Korea Food for Hungry International, will continue on a consistent basis.



Now in their third year as CNBLUE, the members seemed to reflect much longer when asked about their future plans and ambitions.
"The lyrics of foreign bands are so much more varied. Some of the subjects are simply unimaginable to me," said Jung, adding that the group is also stepping away from the syrupy lovesick words the fans have come to associate it with. "I want to take some time out and be alone, maybe travel — alone."




"I want life to be a bit more spectacular," said Lee Jung-shin. "Our career has progressed endlessly. We need a break."
"I want to space out for a little while," said Lee Jong-hyun, half-joking.
They were off to an amusement park outside Seoul for their next appointment, at least a two-hour ride from the central business district downtown, where the interview took place.
The four members of CNBLUE all looked exhausted from their non-stop schedule, but glowed with hope.
"We are going to be together for 20 to 30 years, at least," the guitarist said firmly.

Source: Kwaak Je-yup @koreatimes