Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"B1A4 releases new track “Sleep Well Good Night”" plus 19 more

"B1A4 releases new track “Sleep Well Good Night”" plus 19 more

B1A4 releases new track “Sleep Well Good Night”

Posted: 23 May 2012 09:12 AM PDT

B1A4 has returned with their new song, “Sleep Well Good Night“.

On May 23rd, B1A4 released a repackaged, special edition of their album ‘Ignition‘.

The title song “Sleep Well Good Night” from their repackaged album was composed by Jinyoung and written by both Jinyoung and Baro. The song drew much attention ahead of it’s release, as the members’ individual teasers made fans feel as though they were personally video chatting with the boys.

The album consists of 15 songs total, including “Because Of You“, a song written and composed by the members.

In related news, B1A4 will kick off new promotions for “Sleep Well Good Night” with a performance on KBS 2TV’s ‘Music Bank‘ on May 25th.

Check out their new song below!

Source & Image: IlganSports via Nate
Tip: Jae

Wonder Girls reveal “Wonder Party” teaser photo featuring Yenny & Sohee

Posted: 23 May 2012 08:38 AM PDT

The lovely Wonder Girls are set to make a comeback on June 3rd with their mini album ‘Wonder Party‘.

Ahead of this, official teaser photos of members Yenny and Sohee were revealed through the Wonder Girls official Facebook page!

The photo was accompanied with the text “The Wonder Girls invites you to the ‘Wonder Party.”

Additionally, their Facebook cover photo was updated with a new party like neon logo.

Are you excited for the “Wonder Party”?

Source & Image Wonder Girls Official Facebook

MBC explains why Leeteuk delivered the closing speech instead of Tiffany at ‘Korean Music Wave in Google’

Posted: 23 May 2012 08:25 AM PDT

Super Junior leader Leeteuk has been receiving flak from some netizens after delivering the final speech at MBC‘s ‘Korean Music Wave in Google‘ concert recently held in California.

On May 21st, Google and YouTube hosted MBCKorean Music Wave in Google‘ in Mountain View, California and the concert was streamed live through YouTube.

Towards the end of the concert, all the artists came on stage together to sing the customary traditional Korean song, “Arirang“. When the song came to a close, Leeteuk grabbed his microphone and closed the event saying, “Our languages and our faces may be different, but the music has united us as one.” But netizens began criticizing Leeteuk for delivering the closing speech, as Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon and Tiffany were the MCs for the event. They felt Leeteuk hindered Tiffany from giving the final speech, and staff members from the event who heard about the misunderstanding stepped forward to defend Leeteuk’s actions.

A representative from MBC who was at the event remarked, “The misunderstanding had spread amongst netizens, because they did not completely understand the situation at hand. The head director had specially asked Leeteuk to deliver the closing speech, as he is exceptionally talented and experienced when it comes to leading such events. The director had simply wanted to neatly and efficiently end the large-scale show.”

It makes no sense to say that he had interrupted Tiffany from making her speech,” the representative continued. “The fact that Leeteuk stepped on stage with a mic already in hand proves that everything was pre-meditated.”

Leeteuk also attempted to relieve any misunderstandings by writing on his Twitter page, “Towards the end of “Arirang”, a cue card went up asking me to deliver the closing comment. If it was wrong of me to respond to the producer’s cue and deliver a speech during a show that was streamed live all over the world, then I apologize. I will respectfully reject any gifts of criticism that are given without reason.”

Meanwhile, some of today’s top artists performed at the concert, including TVXQ, Super Junior, Wonder Girls, Girls’ Generation, KARA, B2ST, MBLAQ, SISTAR, f(x), and more.

Source & Image : MoneyToday StarNews via Nate

VIXX releases “Super Hero” MV!

Posted: 23 May 2012 08:01 AM PDT

New Jelly Fish Entertainment idol group VIXX has released the music video for “Super Hero“!

The members of VIXX had to fight their way through a tough competition process on reality program ‘Mydol‘ to debut, going from 10 to 6 final members. The group’s members and name were decided upon by viewers.

Check out the previously released teasers here, and VIXX’s debut music video “Super Hero” MV below.

Leessang releases “Someday” MV teaser feat. Yoon Do Hyun

Posted: 23 May 2012 07:31 AM PDT

Leessang has released the music video teaser for “Someday” featuring rock singer Yoon Do Hyun.

“Someday” is the title track of the group’s 8th full length album ‘Unplugged‘, which will be released in celebration of Leessang’s 10th anniversary on May 25. ‘Unplugged’ includes a total of 13 tracks, and two of them, “My Love” and ”Humility is Hard“, have already topped charts after their pre-releases.

Watch the music video teaser for “Someday” below.

T-ara’s ninth member revealed

Posted: 23 May 2012 07:01 AM PDT

Despite reports that T-ara‘s new members would be revealed with the group’s upcoming single, Star News reported on May 23 that the ninth member’s identity is now known.

New member Danee will become the group’s maknae at 14 years old. She’s been reported to have lived in the United States since she was 4 years of age. Danee will join T-ara before the end of this year, but she’ll be making an appearance in T-ara’s comeback music video in July, which is when the eighth member is expected to officially debut.

T-ara will promote as an 8-member group until the final member joins. Core Contents Media previously released a statement saying that though the additional two members have been decided upon, changes may still take place.

Source + Photos: Star News via Nate
Tip: Noah

JJ Project’s behind-the-scenes footage for ‘Bounce’ album jacket photo shoot

Posted: 23 May 2012 06:33 AM PDT

JYP Entertainment's new rookie duo JJ Project has released behind-the-scenes footage for their ‘Bounce‘ album jacket photo shoot.

‘Bounce’ has received a lot of love, ranking on charts soon after its release, while its music video received over a million views in two days.

Check out the photo shoot for the album’s jacket below.

Tip: Paula

F.T. Island’s ’20 (Twenty)’ album sales break record in Japan

Posted: 23 May 2012 06:00 AM PDT

F.T. Island recently broke the record in Japan for the most number of albums sold in the first week with their second Japanese album, ‘20 (Twenty)‘.

On May 16, F.T. Island was beat out by Japanese rock band Mr. Children for the 1st and 2nd spots on the Oricon Daily Album Chart, coming out in 3rd place.

However, F.T. Island was able to reach #1 on the Album Sales Chart on the 21st by selling 41,726 copies in the first week of its release.

The band stated, "The production for this album overlapped with our Korean promotions so we were tight on recording time, but we made sure to stop and interpret every part of the lyrics because it's important that we deliver the proper emotions."

The title track, “STAY“, was produced and written by member Jonghun, which added more meaning to the album.

Congratulations, F.T. Island!

Source + Image: Herald Biz via Naver

Jay Park’s sexy pictorial for ‘Singles’ magazine

Posted: 23 May 2012 05:30 AM PDT

Jay Park is featured in the June edition of Singles fashion magazine.

The concept for the Singles photo shoot was “top singer who successfully finished his world tour and is holding a celebratory party.” Jay not only bares his 6-pack abs for the magazine, but also reveals a more mature image. His chic, modern styling and sexy expressions have been getting noticed.

He commented, “I haven’t done a sexy pictorial in a while, so I’m sure my fans will love it. More than anything else, I was excited to go to the swimming pool for the first time in a while.” Jay Park discussed his friendships, ideal type, and truthful feelings about his solo career in this interview with Singles.

Jay added, “Being my fan is not much fun because I don’t get to hold many fan meetings. Because of this, my fans feel more like my family, and I am very grateful towards them. If it wasn’t for my fans, I wouldn’t be able to produce my album or perform on stage.”

You can check out Jay Park’s interview and full pictorial, which was shot in Manila, Philippines, in the June edition of Singles magazine. In the meantime, take a look at a couple photos from the shoot below.

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Source + image: TVReport via Naver

T-ara’s Hyomin misses being a kid

Posted: 23 May 2012 05:03 AM PDT

T-ara‘s Hyomin shared some of her childhood photos on Twitter.

Hyomin seemed to be reminiscing about her younger days as she tweeted, “I used to always say the phrase ‘I want to be an adult~’, but do I like it now that my wish came true?! Ah, I want to go back.” The star’s natural beauty was noticed by followers who commented that she’s always been blessed in the looks department.

Fans commented, “Even her past photos are the best. No need for words,” “She was pretty even back then,” and “She must have been popular as a child too.

Source + Image: Hyomin’s Twitter

2PM releases PV for “Beautiful”!

Posted: 23 May 2012 04:29 AM PDT

2PM has released the PV for their upcoming Japanese single, “Beautiful“!

The single will be released this June 6 along with a B-side track composed by member Junho called "If You Are Here". “Beautiful” has already received love as the CM song for a popular Japanese brand, and previously topped the Recochoku chart on April 17.

A "Hi-5 event" for fans who buy the single will be held at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on June 16 as well.

Check out 2PM's PV for "Beautiful" below.

Tip: speedy1290

Big Bang releases Taeyang’s teaser image for ‘Still Alive’

Posted: 23 May 2012 03:59 AM PDT

Big Bang has just revealed the teaser image of Taeyang for the group's upcoming new album 'Still Alive — Special Edition'!

Like the teaser images for G-Dragon and Seungri, the picture posted on the official Big Bang Facebook is simply a picture of Taeyang’s outfit, which has an edgier concept than the previous two.

The 'Still Alive' album and an accompanying music video is scheduled to be released on June 3rd.

Discuss Taeyang’s teaser image, and stay tuned to allkpop for updates!

Source: Big Bang's Facebook
Tip: Maroug25

TEEN TOP’s “To You” MV teaser out!

Posted: 23 May 2012 03:28 AM PDT

TEEN TOP has just released the first music video teaser for “To You” from their upcoming mini-album ‘Artist‘!

The teaser was posted on their official YouTube channel with the description “Jealous version (Love is Fight)”, and features L.Joe and Chunji in a face off over a mysterious girl. The end of the clip displays the date “20120530″, referring to the release date of ‘Artist’ on May 30 KST.

Watch the teaser for “To You” below, and check allkpop for updates.

Tip: Raine

Leessang and G.NA battle it out on music charts for the #1 spot

Posted: 23 May 2012 03:10 AM PDT

With hip-hop duo Leessang and singer G.NA releasing their new albums around the same time, the competition for the top spot on music charts is hotter than ever.

Leessang recently pre-released their new single, “My Love“, from their eighth album ‘Unplugged‘ and it immediately ranked #1 on Melon, Soribada, and Bugs music charts. Meanwhile, G.NA is currently reigning the Mnet and Olleh music charts with her new single, “2Hot“.

Right after the pre-release of several tracks from ‘Unplugged’, Leessang accomplished an all-kill earning them the nickname “music chart kings”. G.NA also recently made her comeback with a new sexy concept, which has become a hot topic.

Leessang’s “My Love” was released on the 23rd, and gives listeners a romantic melody with the help of an acoustic guitar. The lyrics tell the story of a man who learns how to love from a woman who loves him unconditionally. G.NA also made her grand comeback to the music scene with “2Hot”, which has a retro rhythm, electronic sound and brass instruments that make the song refreshing to listeners.

Leessang’s full-length album will be released on the 25th, while G.NA is currently preparing for her comeback stage.

Source + Image: OSEN

Kim Tae Hee’s wink photos gain netizen interest

Posted: 23 May 2012 02:40 AM PDT

Actress Kim Tae Hee‘s wink photos have been getting a lot of attention from netizens lately.

A photo collection titled “Kim Tae Hee’s Wink” was uploaded on an online community with screen captures of the actress winking in different projects. Her winks have definitely grasped netizens’ attention.

They commented, “Every photo cut is gorgeous,” “The wink of a goddess is certainly different than normal winks,” and “Kim Tae Hee is still beautiful even when she is frowning or crying.

Source + Photo: Star News via Naver

Rising hip-hop artists Geeks and Crucial Star to hold dual concert on May 26th

Posted: 23 May 2012 02:10 AM PDT

Hip-Hop duo Geeks and Crucial Star are holding a dual concert on May 26 at Hongdae, V- hall.

Geeks made an impact in the hip-hop scene with their cover of “Officially Missing You, receiving love and support from fans and well-known hip hop artists. In April of this year, they made their comeback with their newest album, ‘Hangover‘. The album’s songs are reported to have refreshing melodies and beats, which emphasize a unique color that only Geeks possesses.

Crucial Star is a rising hip-hop artist from Grandline Entertainment who recently released his first ever mix-tape, ‘Drawing #1: A Dream Spokesman‘.

Both Geeks and Crucial Star have already been recognized for their musical and lyrical talents throughout the Korean hip-hop scene, increasing the anticipation for their upcoming concert.

In addition to performing their newest songs, the concert will feature MC Sniper, San E, Zion T., K Jun, Noise Mob, Take One, and other hip-hop artists who have already made their marks on the hip-hop world.

A representative from Grandline Entertainment  said, “There are many events planned for the upcoming concert. There will also be prizes given out, including Crucial Star’s newest mix tape, which is hard to find in stores.

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Source & Photo: Star Today via Naver

Idols choose Kim Soo Hyun as the star they want most as a group member

Posted: 23 May 2012 01:40 AM PDT

Actor Kim Soo Hyun was voted as the star idols want most when it comes to their own group.

On May 23rd’s airing of ‘Weekly Idol‘, a survey was conducted asking idols which star they would like to add as a group member.

The staff revealed the results of the survey, and Kim Soo Hyun came in first place. The actor inherited his former rock star father’s musical talents as well as his excellent acting skills, which he showed on ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun‘. Kim Soo Hyun has received acknowledgement as both a great singer and actor.

Other celebrities who ranked on this survey are Busker Busker‘s Jang Bum Joon, actor Lee Kwang Soo, and comedian Shin Bora.

Source & Image: TV Daily via Nate

SPICA member Boa discusses IU’s awkward way of cheering her on?

Posted: 23 May 2012 01:11 AM PDT

Girl group SPICA‘s Kim Boa revealed IU‘s awkward yet adorable way of showing her support on the May 22nd broadcast of ‘Strong Heart‘.

Boa confessed that there was a time when the young IU touched her behind. She stated, “One day, we were at an ‘Inkigayo‘ rehearsal, and it had just ended. As I was walking off stage, I felt someone touch my butt.  As I turned to see who it was, I saw that it was IU.”

She continued, “A lot of other singers were looking at us so I was very embarrassed.  After the live broadcast, I came down the stage, and she touched me again,” surprising all the guests.

IU was asked, “Why did you touch her butt?” and replied, “We spent our trainee days together, and she is an unnie who I am very grateful to. Watching her debut stage I felt very proud.

Source: Star News via Naver

Shin Min Ah and Lee Jun Ki finish first script reading for ‘Arang and the Magistrate’

Posted: 23 May 2012 12:40 AM PDT

Stars Lee Jun Ki, Shin Min Ah, and the rest of the cast and crew from MBC‘s new Wednesday-Thursday drama, ‘Arang and the Magistrate‘, completed their first script reading on May 12th.

MBC revealed photos of the first script reading session, which showed the cast and crew members gathered around a table. It’s reported that director Kim Sang Ho also took an hour to earnestly give background information on the drama, the planning process, and more.

As the cast and crew gear up for filming, Lee Jun Ki left a supportive tweet on May 21st that read, “Start of the long-awaited drama ‘Arang and the Magistrate’ that has a mixture of fun, pleasantness, mellowness, inspiration, and heartbreak! I’ll work hard to represent the hard effort our staff has put in! I hope that our filming goes well. Fighting!

‘Arang and the Magistrate’ is a fantasy-fusion drama with Arang (Shin Min Ah), a ghost wanting to know the reason behind her death, and magistrate Eun Oh (Lee Jun Ki), who has the ability to see ghosts.

This will mark Lee Jun Ki’s comeback into the entertainment industry after being discharged from the military back on February 16. Actress Shin Min Ah is also returning to the small screen for the first time since ‘My Girlfriend is Gumiho‘.

‘Arang and the Magistrate’ will begin filming in May, and will starring in July in ‘I Do I Do‘s time slot.

Source: Newsen via Nate

Leessang establishes the ‘Leessang Company’

Posted: 23 May 2012 12:15 AM PDT

Hip-hop duo Leessang have put their name on the line to establish their very own entertainment company.

They stated on May 22, “We have developed ‘Leessang Company‘, a business of various content with the goal of professional entertainment in mind.

Leessang has led their own path to pursue the kind of music they’ve wanted to create, spending a long time as “no-name” artists. Their hard work and dedication have paid off as they made their music into mainstream music.

They continued, “Truth is, the key to an artist’s longevity is concerts where they can effectively communicate with the audience… We think’s its only natural for an artist to be directing their own show and to be extremely involved in the planning process. Our dream is to begin studying the culture of performance, and show you performances that are characteristic of our group and brand.

The reality is that Korean artists are unable to show the audience many different things because the stage systems in Korea are inadequateWe hope that as we take a step forward, we will help artists put on performances of higher quality in a better environment.”

Leessang has recruited a famous directing team in preparation for Leessang Company and their planned world tour. They have also teamed up with experienced members of the entertainment industry in order to better plan and produce future performances.

The duo will be maintaining a management relationship with their current long-time company, Jungle Entertainment. Leessang Company will work as a music business partner with Jungle Entertainment, planning performances and educating each other on their areas of expertise.

Source & Image : SportsSeoul via Nate