Friday, May 11, 2012

"J.Y. Park clears up misunderstandings regarding his interview with Japanese media" plus 19 more

"J.Y. Park clears up misunderstandings regarding his interview with Japanese media" plus 19 more


J.Y. Park clears up misunderstandings regarding his interview with Japanese media

Posted: 11 May 2012 08:45 AM PDT

Singer and JYP Entertainment producer J.Y. Park has cleared up the misunderstandings regarding his interview with the Japanese press.

On May 11th, J.Y. Park wrote via his official Twitter page, “It’s not true that the Wonder Girls are at the top and have no further goals to reach, therefore myself nor Wonder Girls have never thought or uttered those words. After review of the interview clip, it was revealed that the quote ‘Wonder Girls “Nobody” climbed to the top in Korea’ was mistranslated, and the article was corrected immediately.”

Please always keep in mind that it’s possible for mistranslations to occur during interviews, especially in the ones that take place overseas,” he continued. “Please also understand that it isn’t easy for us to ask the media to publish the articles only after we have reviewed them, as it can come across as discourteous.”

Ahead of his tweet, J.Y. Park held an interview with Japan’s Oricon about the Wonder Girls’ upcoming Japanese debut. One Korean media outlet incorrectly reported on May 10th that J.Y. Park stated during his interview, “Wonder Girls are at the summit, and have no higher goals to climb. We wanted to take on a bigger challenge,” which caused a small controversy amongst netizens.

With his tweet, he was trying to clear up any misunderstandings that may have risen due to the mistranslation.

Netizens who read J.Y. Park’s tweet then remarked, “I see, something just got lost in translation“, “Wonder Girls, good luck in Japan!”, and “Celebrities must have to be so careful with their words.”

Source & Image: OSEN via Nate

Big Bang’s “Never Stop Dreaming” MV for North Face campaign revealed

Posted: 11 May 2012 08:17 AM PDT

Earlier in the week, clothing brand North Face released a teaser video for their ‘Never Stop Dreaming‘ campaign, which creates scholarships to help students achieve their dreams. And as the brand’s endorsement models, Big Bang is also actively participating to support the dreams of the youth.

Earlier today, Big Bang’s music video for “Never Stop Dreaming” was revealed. Check it out below.

Tip: nari17

MBLAQ’s Lee Joon to make an appearance on ‘Gag Tonight’

Posted: 11 May 2012 07:55 AM PDT

MBLAQ‘s Lee Joon made a surprise appearance on the set of SBS‘s ‘Gag Tonight‘.

Lee Joon who has made himself known as the ultimate ‘variety idol’ will be standing on the stage of ‘Gag Tonight’.

He will be playing the role of a man who is in love with Yeonwoo (Hong Yoon Hwa) in the ‘Moon That Embraced The Ham‘ segment of the program.

The singer who has built acting experience though movies and dramas reportedly offered big laughs to the audience members as well as his co-stars.

After completing a successful shoot, Lee Joon remarked, “I worried a lot because I was afraid I would inconvenience the comedians but I’m so glad they liked it. If we get a chance to in the future, I’d like to come back with my fellow members.”

This episode airs on May 19th at 12:10AM KST.

Source & Image: TVDaily via Nate

Tip : chiyuri

Taeyeon, Jessica, and Tiffany reveal the truth behind Girls’ Generation’s weight and meal plans

Posted: 11 May 2012 07:25 AM PDT

On May 10th, Tiffany, Taeyeon, and Jessica opened up about Girls’ Generation‘s meal plans and the truth about the weights and heights listed on their profiles on KBS‘s ‘Happy Together 3‘.

The trio was asked to name a member who had a different weight than listed on her profile. The members replied honestly that Sooyoung, standing at 5’7″ (170 cm) tall, weighs at 106 pounds (48 kg), while YoonA, at 5’6″ (168 cm), weighs 48 kg as well.

Jessica and Taeyeon confessed, “Our profiles say we weigh 99 pounds (45 kg), but it’s actually give or take one or two kg.” Tiffany added, “I’m honestly at around 101 to 103.6 pounds (46 to 47 kg).”

When asked how they maintained their weight, Taeyeon replied, “We don’t go on any special diets. I think our natural diets adjusted to our promotional cycles. We also don’t take time off to exercise. We’d probably faint while running.”

On the topic of the group’s meal plans, Tiffany stated, “The meal plan that headlined in the media is only for the members who work out actively. It’s not for all of us. They’re usually only for the members who are doing extra activities like dramas to maintain a certain image. If all of us ate like that, it’d be difficult to promote at the level that we do.”

Netizens commented, “They’re all so skinny,” “Sooyoung and YoonA have daebak bodies,” and “Tiffany’s more honest than I expected.”

Source + Photos: TV Daily via Nate

T-ara Boram’s younger sister Wooram to debut in D-Unit

Posted: 11 May 2012 06:55 AM PDT

Singer Jun Young Rok‘s second daughter and T-ara Boram‘s younger sister Wooram is set to debut with the group D-Unit in June.

D-Unit is a 3-member hip hop act under D-Business Entertainment, whose CEO is reported to have spent years preparing to debut the group. They follow a format of two permanent members with one new member who joins for every album. Wooram is reported to have been designated as one of the permanent members.

Another reason that D-Unit is getting a lot of attention lately is because the CEO, Lee Yong Hak, released an album in 2008 under YG Entertainment called ‘Made In R.O.K‘. He was a rapper known as DM in a duo called YMGA alongside member Master Woo. This time around, Lee Yong Hak will be producing a hip hop group instead of performing in one.

He stated, “Wooram has a different musical color than T-ara’s Boram. Wooram has excellent vocal skills and like her parents, is full of talent and punk. Though D-Unit are rookies, we’re confident enough to have them start with a full-length album for promotions,” adding, “D-Unit is planned to debut in June, and July at the latest. The music production is about 95% finished. I want to show a more complete D-Unit to the public.”

Wooram and her sister Boram are not the first in their family to be a part of the entertainment industry as their father is singer Jun Young Rok and his mother is former actress Baek Sul Hee.

Wooram’s vocal training was brought to light in March of 2010 during her mother’s (actress Lee Mi Young) appearance on SBS TV‘s ‘Bae Gi Wan, Choi Young Ah, and Jo Hyung Gi’s Good Morning‘. However, there was no report of what exactly she was preparing for at the time.

Stay tuned to allkpop for D-Unit’s debut this June.

Source + Photo: TV Report via Naver

Kwon Sang Woo to attend the ‘Cannes Film Festival’ with Jackie Chan

Posted: 11 May 2012 06:25 AM PDT

On May 16th, actor Kwon Sang Woo will be attending the 65th ‘Cannes Film Festival‘ for the very first time.

He’ll be participating alongside co-star Jackie Chan in promotion for their film, ‘12 Chinese Zodiac Heads‘. Filming for the movie took place in China, Taiwan, and Europe. ’12 Chinese Zodiac Heads’ is reported to be special to Kwon Sang Woo in particular because he had to have stem cell surgery for his knee due to an injury he suffered during shooting for the film.

Director Heo Jin Ho is also a figure of interest as he’ll be attending the festival for his Chinese film, ‘Dangerous Liaisons‘. Considering that both Korean stars are headed to the Cannes for Chinese films, Korea’s advancement into the Chinese film industry is showing signs of being a feasible effort.

Source + Photos: Star News via Nate

Fans are able to recognize Girls’ Generation just by looking at their body parts?

Posted: 11 May 2012 05:55 AM PDT

The members of Girls’ Generation expressed that at times, they want to become average girls and live normal lives.

Members Jessica, Tiffany, and Taeyeon guested on the May 10th episode of ‘Happy Together 3‘ and discussed the difficulties of celebrity life.

We can’t even go to the convenience store even if we want to. There are a lot of things we need to be careful of. Even the most insignificant things are uploaded onto the internet such as what we buy, what we use, and more,” said Taeyeon.

Tiffany also added, “It’s uncomfortable every time we go out, so it’s better to just stay in the dorm.”

MC Park Mi Sun then asked the girls whether they have tried covering themselves up when going out in public. Tiffany revealed, “There was a time when I went to the movie theater with Sooyoung [covered up], but fans were immediately able to recognize us just by looking at our legs.”

Jessica then shared a similar incident saying, “Although we had worn scream masks when we went to an amusement park, they recognized us just by looking at our arms.

Other guests featured in this episode were the ‘Gag Generation‘ members Shin Bora, Park Ji Sun, and Jung Juri.

Source & Image: Segye Ilbo via Nate

Mighty Mouth’s Shorry J promises fans to grow his hair long if new single “Bad Boy” doesn’t succeed

Posted: 11 May 2012 05:25 AM PDT

Hip Hop duo Mighty Mouth held their showcase for the digital release of their new single, “Bad Boy“, at the Holic Club in Seoul on the 10th.

Mighty Mouth’s Sangchu stated, “Although the title of the single, “Bad Boy”, might appear to sound dark and strong, it is actually a bright and cheerful song like the usual style of Mighty Mouth. We actually recorded this song last October, but its release was pushed back, which made fellow member Shorry J say, ‘If this song doesn’t do well, I will hold a grudge for a long time. We have to succeed.’”

The comedian MCs for the showcase, Yang Bae Chu and Nam Chang Hee, asked Mighty Mouth, “What will you do if the song doesn’t do well?” to which Shorry J responded, “If the song doesn’t do well, then I will grow out my hair.”

He went on, “Kim Jong Kook’s cousin, Soya, featured in “Bad Boy”, and it really is a refreshingly good song. We would love to reach #1.”

“Bad Boy” tells a love story about a guy who seems to be a playboy and steals a girl’s heart. Its catchy melody, fun groove, and Mighty Girl Soya’s featuring have all raised the interest of fans.

Mighty Mouth completed a successful live online broadcast of their showcase on Mnet.com, and plan to continue to actively promote their new single.

Source + Image: Star News via Nate

Kim Jae Dong asks Lee Hyori: “You liked me before, right?”

Posted: 11 May 2012 04:55 AM PDT

On the May 10th episode of OnStyle‘s ‘Golden 12‘, Lee Hyori went on a vacation to Jeju Island along with friends Kim Jae Dong, Jang Bum Joon, and Lee Chun Hee.

After having fun biking and hiking, Lee Hyori and the cast had time to rest. It was then that Kim Jae Dong suddenly asked Hyori, “You liked me a long time ago, right? Be honest,” which left her shocked.

Lee Hyori laughed it off and responded, “Are you kidding me?” She further went on to clarify, Lee Sang Soon is better looking than Jae Dong oppa. There were comments online about whether Kim Jae Dong or Lee Sang Soon is better,” as she joked to get her point across.

Lee Hyori is currently starring in the 12-week reality program, 'Golden 12′, which aims to turn the focus away from her celebrity activities to her social life, where she works as a spokesperson for animal rights and other issues.

Source + Image: Newsen via Nate

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon reveals she recently bought her parents a house

Posted: 11 May 2012 04:25 AM PDT

On the May 10th broadcast of KBS‘s ‘Happy Together 3‘, special guest Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon shared a filial act she did for her parents recently with viewers.

She revealed, “I saved up a bit of money and made my parents cry with it. I didn’t make them cry in a bad way though.”

Taeyeon went on to explain that they had recently moved into a house that she bought and even gifted them with the money she had been saving. When asked by the others how many bathrooms the house had to get a feel for the size, Taeyeon replied, “Three.”

Source + Photos: X Sports News via Nate

TaeTiSeo wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + Performances from May 11th!

Posted: 11 May 2012 03:53 AM PDT

KBS's 'Music Bank' is back with another fun and exciting show that was chock-full of amazing performances!

The MCs for tonight's episode were After School's UEE and actor Lee Jang Woo.

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, A Pink returns to the stage with their latest released titled "Hush".

Pledis Entertainment's newest girl group, Hello Venus, made their debut with "Venus".

As for the winners, TaeTiSeo faced off against SISTAR for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was TaeTiSeo who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "Twinkle Twinkle".

Congratulations to TaeTiSeo!

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Others who performed tonight included TaeTiSeo, SISTAR, 4minute, Yangpa, Mighty Mouth, Andamiro, TOUCH, F.CUZ, Girl’s Day, Rhythm Power, Electroboyz, December, Gavy NJ, Seo In Guk, Norazo, Sunny Hill, B.A.P, EXO-K, Noel, and Ivy!

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A Pink returns with “Hush” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 11 May 2012 03:32 AM PDT

A Pink is finally back with their new album, 'Une Annee'!

As hinted in their MV teaser, title track "Hush" is flirty and girly with a catchy upbeat melody. Although still true to the group's cute image, the track and concept seem to show the girls in a more mature light.

In the song, they send a message of encouragement to everyone out there who dreams of a sweet love story, but is too afraid to confess their bashful feelings.

Check out their adorable performance below of "Hush" and be sure to view the rest of today's 'Music Bank' clips here.

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Hello Venus makes their debut with “Venus” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 11 May 2012 03:07 AM PDT

Pledis Entertainment's new girl group Hello Venus has finally debuted with the release of their first mini-album titled 'Venus'!

After capturing the hearts of many with their latest music video release, there's no doubt these girls will continue to shine in 2012.

Check out Yooara, Yoonjo, Lime, Alice, Yooyoung, and Nara perform their debut stage below, and be sure to view the rest of today's performances here.

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Super Junior’s Ryeowook snaps a photo with Donghae and Sungmin

Posted: 11 May 2012 02:50 AM PDT

On May 10th, Super Junior‘s Ryeowook shared the photos he took with fellow members Donghae and Sungmin.

Along with the photos, Ryeowook wrote, “D-2 Super Show 4 at Tokyo Dome >< Pretending to be cute keke I wasn’t going to post these, but I have nothing else to upload ☞☜ Have a good day today,” along with “Pretend act 2. Let’s play Tokyo Dome ^^“.

Eunhyuk saw Ryeowook’s photo with Donghae and remarked, “Ah, those fake lips… yeah, you need to at least do that.” When he saw the additional photo taken with Sungmin, Eunhyuk hilariously responded, “Ah I don’t like either of you in this one.”

Followers shared their own thoughts saying, “So cute,” “Can’t wait to see you at the show,” and “So handsome.

In related news, Super Junior’s performance at Tokyo Dome in Japan will mark the end of their world tour ‘Super Show 4′ as they have finished all their performances in Seoul, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Thailand, France, Shanghai, and Indonesia.

Source & Image: Ryeowook‘s Twitter, Eunhyuk‘s Twitter

BtoB releases special MV version for “Father”

Posted: 11 May 2012 02:20 AM PDT

BtoB released the original music video for their new digital single “Fatherlast week, and now a new special version of the music video has arrived.

“Father”, released May 3rd, is a part of the group’s ‘Emotions, Human Project Part 1‘ album. This new MV features several childhood pictures of the BtoB members.

The track is a ballad that touches upon the belated realization of the love and gratitude for one's father. The delicate vocals help envision the feelings of a father's heavy footsteps and the view of his back. It was released in part to celebrate Parents’ Day in South Korea.

Check out the special MV for “Father” below.

Park Sang Min plans to show fans a new side of himself on ‘I Am a Singer 2′

Posted: 11 May 2012 02:12 AM PDT

On the upcoming live broadcast of ‘I Am a Singer 2‘ on the 13th, singer Park Sang Min plans to show viewers a totally new side of himself.

Park Sang Min’s representative stated, “Park Sang Min is currently focusing on practicing for his live performance on the 13th with the Dae Kyu Mo band in Seoul. Park Sang Min plans to show a powerful stage that is not typically seen by him,” raising the curiosity of fans.

Park Sang Min plans to perform of remix of idol groups’ hit songs. Other singers in the B group who will also perform are Kim Gun Mo, Park Wan Kyu, Kim Yeon Woo, Jung Yeop, and Jung In.

Park Sang Min commented, “Even though I am the oldest among the B group singers, I plan to show a performance that even 20-year-old singers can’t follow with the passion that I bring onto the stage. I am nervous but also excited because I will be performing and competing with my hoobaes. I hope that my performance on ‘I Am a Singer 2′ will show fans a new side of Park Sang Min, the singer.”

Park Sang Min recently released his new single, “Saying I Love You Was a Lie“, on the 4th. The song is currently receiving a lot of interest as the OST track for tvN‘s daily drama, ‘Yellow Boots‘.

2NE1′s Dara looks younger than ever in new selca + Intel’s ‘Make Thumb Noise’

Posted: 11 May 2012 01:42 AM PDT

On May 10th, 2NE1‘s Dara shared an adorable photo of herself on her personal me2day page.

Along with the photo she wrote, “What’s up? The 3 tracks for Intel‘s ‘Make Thumb Noise‘ project came out today! This is a chance for you to personally make a song for 2NE1! What style of music is popular nowadays~ What is your personal preference~ Think hard and vote! I don’t know which to choose. Pick out a good song for us!

The selca left netizens wondering if she was truly almost thirty years old. Her very natural makeup and adorable headband added to her youthful look.

Her fans who saw the photo commented, “2NE1 when are you making your comeback,” “It’s been such a long time since you posted a selca,” and “I feel like you just keep getting prettier.

Check out the 3 tracks for ‘Make Thumb Noise’ Dara mentioned below if you haven’t already.

Round 1-1:

Round 1-2:

Round 1-3:

Source & Image: Dara’s me2day

Who Wore It Better: Bae Doo Na or Seohyun?

Posted: 11 May 2012 01:10 AM PDT

Actress Bae Doo Na and Girls’ Generation‘s Seohyun were recently spotted wearing the same outfit.

The two beautiful ladies were scene in identical red floral-print dresses. Bae Doo Na sported the dress for a recent broadcast of Mnet‘s ‘Voice Korea‘. She went for a more classic and simple look, wearing the dress without any accessories. Her milky skin contrasted with the vibrant red color, bringing out her sexy vixen appeal. Seohyun on the other hand wore the dress for the ‘I Am‘ showcase. The way she styled her hair in long, loose waves and tied a black sash around her waist gave the outfit a more feminine look.

Despite wearing the same dress, both ladies were able to bring out their own individuality and give the outfit a unique spin.

Netizens commented, “The feel of the dress is definitely different, Seohyun’s style is sexier, and I thought Bae Doo Na’s dress was really see-through. Bae Doo Na’s look is more astonishing.

Bae Doona and Seohyun both looked gorgeous in their outfits, but who do you think wore it better?

Source & Image: Osen

Busker Busker’s Kim Hyung Tae gifts Shindong with a drawing

Posted: 11 May 2012 12:40 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Shindong revealed a gift he received from Busker Busker‘s Kim Hyung Tae.

Shindong posted the above photo (left) on his me2day May 10th and wrote, “Busker Busker’s Hyung Tae drew me this… That gaze seems to be longing for something.  It looks a bit like Hyung Tae I think T_T am I wrong?”

The drawing was simply an outline of a man with permed hair, and the Busker Busker member’s signature took up much of the space on the left.

Fans seemed to be split on whether or not it really resembled Shindong. “I’m guessing those letters that say ‘Kim Hyung Tae’ is his signature,” they wrote, along with “Kim Hyung Tae who drew Shindong, and Shindong who shared it are both so cute,” “It doesn’t look like Shindong though,” and ”It really looks like Shindong. His drawing skills are awesome.”

Do you think it looks like Shindong or does it resemble Kim Hyung Tae more? Voice your thoughts below!

Source + Photo: Shindong’s me2day

‘Love Rain’ to be exported to 12 networks around the world

Posted: 11 May 2012 12:10 AM PDT

KBS‘s ‘Love Rain‘ has been sold to 12 networks overseas!

‘Love Rain’ was already sold to the Japanese market even before its broadcast, and now China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, and certain locations in the Americas and Europe have picked it up!

The overseas market has been showing an interest in ‘Love Rain’ for quite a while now, which was demonstrated when reporters from all over the world gathered at the ‘Love Rain’ production conference at the Haneda Airport in Japan. ‘Love Rain’ was also the source of a lot of interest at the MIPTV in France.

It seems director Yoon Suk Ho‘s skills combined with lead stars Jang Geun Suk and YoonA‘s emotional acting have definitely played a large part in getting international attention.

The drama is currently being broadcast through KBS World and is receiving positive reactions from fans. Subtitled versions on YouTube are also showing high view counts, further illustrating the drama’s overseas potential.

‘Love Rain’s production company stated, “The staff and actors were all delighted to hear that the drama was being exported to various locations in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. They feel even more responsible for its continued success and are working as hard as ever, so please continue to show your support.”

Source + Photos: Newsen via Nate