Thursday, May 3, 2012

"J.Y. Park releases Dance Version MV for “You’re the One”" plus 19 more

"J.Y. Park releases Dance Version MV for “You’re the One”" plus 19 more


J.Y. Park releases Dance Version MV for “You’re the One”

Posted: 03 May 2012 09:14 AM PDT

After unleashing You’re the One last week, J.Y. Park has a special treat for his fans with a dance version music video.

Fans who were curious about the choreography can get a closer look in this video. You can also watch J.Y. Park stylin’ n’ profilin’ in his pink suit for bonus eye candy.

Check out the video below!

Tip: Jo

IU releases new single “Peach”

Posted: 03 May 2012 08:51 AM PDT

Ahead of the release of her upcoming album, 'Spring of a Twenty Year Old', IU has released her new single, “Peach“.

IU composed the song “Peach” and the song was titled after her favorite fruit. This is IU’s third self-composed song after “Hold My Hand” and “Lost Puppy”, but different from the dark emotions she displayed in the previous tracks, IU makes a complete transformation by showcasing her more lovely charms.

“Peach” features an acoustic sound and sings of the butterflies that comes with falling in love for the very first time. The sweet melody and the lovely lyrics will make fans feel as though they themselves are receiving a love confession from the nation’s sweetheart.

'Spring of a Twenty Year Old' will be officially released on May 11th, while we wait, give a listen to “Peach” below!

Tip: Jae

INFINITE plans to hold 5 showcases across Korea in 1 day – ‘The Mission’

Posted: 03 May 2012 08:34 AM PDT

INFINITE will be attempting an unprecedented showcase series covering 5 Korean cities in a single day!

On May 4th (KST), INFINITE’s official website unveiled plans for a mega showcase across the great nation of South Korea.

Titled ‘The Mission‘, on May 15th the boys of INFINITE will be starting with a showcase in the southwest portion of Korea in Gwangju at 9AM. The boys will then be traveling 126 miles east to Busan for a showcase at 12:00PM. This will be followed up by 3 more showcases in Daegu at 2:00PM, Daejeon at 5:00PM, and finally wrapping it all up in Seoul at 8:00PM.

The members will be meeting with their INSPIRITs all over the nation and put on their first ‘INFINITIZE‘ performance. They will also reveal their newest music video for the very first time at the showcases.

INFINITE will be traveling to each city in a helicopter to complete their Mission Impossible-like showcase.

Don’t miss their INFINITIZE SHOWCASE – THE MISSION!

Source & Image: INFINITE’s Official Website

Hello Venus reveals MV teaser for “Venus”

Posted: 03 May 2012 08:24 AM PDT

Pledis Entertainment‘s upcoming girl group Hello Venus has released the teaser for their title track “Venus“.

Yooara, Yoonjo, Lime, Alice, Yooyoung, and Nara will officially debut on May 9th with their mini album ‘Venus‘, in the meantime check out the teaser for “Venus” below!

Tip: as

Taetiseo’s ‘Twinkle’ charts on Billboard 200

Posted: 03 May 2012 08:11 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation sub-unit Taetiseo has debuted on Billboard’s 200.

On May 3rd, Billboard published the new weekly charts for the U.S. Billboard 200. On this chart, Taetiseo’s ‘Twinkle‘ charted at number 126. This record is significant in that the Billboard 200 is known as the definitive chart for album sales in the United States.

This accomplishment is impressive as Taetiseo is a Korean language album and besides a release on iTunes, they didn’t have any official promotions in the United States. This is the second time a Korean language album has been listed on Billboard’s 200, Big Bang also accomplished this feat back in March with ‘Alive.

Taetiseo’s ‘Twinkle’ also appeared as #1 on the World Album, #2 on the Heatseeker, and #21 on the Independent Album charts respectively.

Source: Billboard
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

Shinhwa’s Hyesung reveals he wants more than five kids

Posted: 03 May 2012 07:30 AM PDT

On a recent recording of jTBC‘s ‘Shinhwa Broadcast‘, Hyesung revealed the number of kids he’d like to father in the future.

He revealed, “My parents always told me to have more than five kids. I thought that it was too much, but thinking about it now, it seems fun. I’m going to have as many kids as I can.”

When asked if he too would like to be a father, Junjin replied, “I want to be a father and also a friend to my kids, much like my own father.”

None of the members disclosed whether they were in a relationship at the moment or if they had any current plans for marriage.

The upcoming episode will feature the Shinhwa members fighting to earn the love and affection of 12 children guesting on the show. Check it out when ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ airs on May 5th!

Source + Photos: Star Today via Naver

International fans visit Korea to purchase U-KISS’ ‘Dora Dora’ album

Posted: 03 May 2012 07:01 AM PDT

On April 25th, U-KISS made their long-awaited return with the release of their sixth album, ‘Dora Dora‘.

The boys are rising on charts as they’ve come out on top for the week of April 3rd through 29th on Hanteo‘s weekly album sales! Their sales numbers are soaring higher by the week, especially after their first comeback stage.

International fans have reportedly been visiting South Korea just to purchase U-KISS’s album without waiting for a release in their native country.

NH Media stated, “International fans are actually coming to Korea to purchase the albums because they claim that the album is released late in their home countries. They want to buy it as early as possible.”

Source + Photos: Sports Chosun via Nate

Yoon Mi Rae tweets a cute photo of her son, Jordan

Posted: 03 May 2012 06:34 AM PDT

Singer Yoon Mi Rae recently posted a cute picture of her son Jordan.

On May 2nd she tweeted, “Jordan Seo, Avenger,” along with the picture above.

In the photo, Jordan is seen wearing gloves of Hulk’s hands, and giving a fierce look. People who saw the photo were surprised by how much he has grown up.

Followers commented, “Jordan grew up so much,” “Hulk Jordan,” and “That facial expression looks like his father’s.” The kid really is looking more and more like his dad, Tiger JK!

Source + Picture: Yoon Mi Rae’s Twitter

‘Helpless’ to open in select theaters in North America

Posted: 03 May 2012 06:24 AM PDT

Helpless (Korean title: ‘Hwacha’)  is a mystery thriller movie that became an unexpected box office hit upon its Korean release in March. Following its limited release at the CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles, ‘Helpless’ will be making its way into select theaters across North America on Friday, May 11th.

The film  features an all-star cast, including Lee Sun Gyun, Kim Min Hee, and Cho Sung Ha. Additionally, the movie’s director Byun Young Joo was recently awarded the Best Director award at the 48th Paeksang Arts Awards, making her the first female director ever to receive the title.

The film is based on the  Japanese novel “Kasha” (English title: “All She Was Worth”), which was written by Miyabe Miyuki. Lee Sun Gyun plays the role of Jang Mun Ho, a veternarian who is engaged to Kang Sun Young (Kim Min Hee). One day, as the couple were on their way to visiting Jang Mun Ho’s parents, they pulled over at a rest stop. When Jang Mun Ho returned to his car, he found the door swung open and the engine running, but his fiancee was no where to be found.

He turns to his cousin Kim Jong Geun (Cho Sung Ha), a former detective, to begin his desperate search for his fiancee. However, as they begin their search her true identity becomes more and more questionable.

‘Helpless’ is currently playing with English subtitles at the CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles, and will be opening at the following theaters on Friday, May 11th.

Ridgefield Park, NJ, AMC Ridgefield Park
(75 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park , NJ 07660)
New York, NY, AMC Empire
(234 West 42nd St. New York, NY 10036)
Chicago, IL, AMC Showplace Niles
(301 Golf Mill Center Niles, IL 10036)
Seattle, WA, AMC Alderwood
(18733 33rd Ave. W. Lynnwood, WA 98037)
Toronto, AMC Yonge & Dundas
(10 Dundas St. East Toronto, ON M5B 2G9)
Vancouver, Cineplex Silvercity Coquitlam
(170 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam, BC V3K 4X9)

Watch the movie trailer below:

Also, check out the ‘Helpless’ Movie Ticket Giveaway event on Facebook. Choose your favorite of four different Kim Min Hee looks to snag a pair of free tickets and a pair of K-pop pocket portfolios as well. The event ends on Tuesday, May 8th, so head on over to the event page soon to submit your entry!

For more information, visit the official ‘Helpless’ website.

Source: CJ Entertainment

2PM dominates the hit model chart on TVCF

Posted: 03 May 2012 05:19 AM PDT

2PM has swept the endorsement model ranking chart of Korea’s greatest advertisement portal site.

Advertisement portal site TVCF recently revealed their hit model chart, and the 1st place spot went to 2PM, 2nd Nichkhun, 3rd Taecyeon, 5th Wooyoung, 6th Junho, 7th Chansung, and 9th Junsu. With 7 out of the top 10 spots held by 2PM, some say that they have taken over the chart. Last December’s ranking was 1st Nichkhun, 2nd 2PM, and 10th Taecyeon, and this recent chart shows that since then, the 2PM members have become more in-demand commercial models.

TVCF’s model ranking is done daily using all the commercials aired in the past twelve months.

On top of dominating 7 spots out of 10 on the hit chart, they also ranked on the ‘average ranking chart’ with 2PM ranking 3rd, Taecyeon ranking 5th, and Nichkhun coming in at 6th. 2PM has shown their power, proving that they are currently some of the most loved advertisement models in the nation.

JYP Entertainment stated, “2PM’s various images and activities have gotten them many love calls from advertisement agencies. On top of that, each member has their own unique color so individual members are gaining interest as well.

On another note, 2PM is currently preparing for the ‘Budokan 6 days‘ concert in Japan, which is scheduled for the end of May. The concert is expected to pull in an audience of 90,000.

Hong Suk Chun was moved by Junsu’s final performance in ‘Elizabeth’

Posted: 03 May 2012 04:45 AM PDT

On May 3rd, Hong Suk Chun shared a new picture of him and JYJ‘s Junsu while backstage at the final performance of the ‘Elizabeth‘ musical.

Hong Suk Chun tweeted, “I was able to see ‘Elizabeth’ through the invitation of Junsu. Junsu gave his all singing right until the end of his performance. Hundreds of audience members and fans clapped, laughed, and cried upon seeing the best performance possible. I too, did the same. The best musical, ‘Elizabeth’. The best actor, Junsu. Fighting. It was a night I won’t be able to forget.”

Followers commented, “Hong Suk Chun must have seen the last performance of ‘Elizabeth’,” “A friendship I wouldn’t have expected,” “My heart choked up as well. It was truly the best,” and “A performance I won’t be able to forget either.”

Source + Photo: Hong Suk Chun’s Twitter

4minute’s Gayoon to make her acting debut in ‘Light and Shadow’

Posted: 03 May 2012 04:10 AM PDT

4minute‘s Gayoon will be transforming into a hit ’80s singer for MBC‘s ‘Light and Shadow‘.

Gayoon is making her first attempt at a drama role at this week’s filming. She’ll be playing the role of Hyun Kyung, the leader of the 1980s’ most popular group ‘Purple Sisters’.

It is expected that ‘Purple Sisters’ will deliver a powerful performance, and introduce current viewers to the flashy retro outfits that cement their status as the true trend setters of the era. The girls of 4minute have been known for trendy styles themselves, and Gayoon is transforming into a 1980s diva this time around.

Hyun Kyung is an important character in the drama so only after much careful thinking did Gayoon decide to play the role.

She revealed her thoughts on acting in ‘Light and Shadow’ saying, “It is an honor to be working with senior actors in this production. I am even more excited and looking forward to this role because my character is a singer. I will be a different singer than the one I am on stage, and this will be my first time acting so I will be showing a new side to myself. I will be studying acting more closely and preparing to show a new fashion style based on ’80s fashion.

The producers behind ‘Light and Shadow’ talked about adding Gayoon to the show stating, “We were looking for someone who can sing, dance, has fashion sense, and someone with a cafe singer type of charm, so we looked into the main vocalists of performing groups. Gayoon, who has been known as a fashionista, is transforming into an ’80s diva, and will bring a new kind of energy to this production.”

4minute wins #1 + performances from May 3rd’s ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 03 May 2012 03:34 AM PDT

Mnet's ‘M! Countdown’ is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, boy group F.CUZ returns to perform their comeback stage on ‘M! Countdown‘ with “No. 1“.

The talented ladies of Girls’ Generation‘s first sub-unit, titled Taetiseo, make their hot debut today with “Twinkle” and “Baby Steps“.

Other comebacks on today’s show include the powerful boys of B.A.P with “POWER“, along with Ivy and her sweet ballad titled “Torn Heart“.

The winner of last week’s episode was also announced today, due to the airing of 'M! Countdown One Asia Tour: Hello Japan'. It was none other than SISTAR with “Alone”. Congratulations SISTAR!

Competing for the #1 spot tonight, it was a hot battle between Busker Busker, SISTAR, and 4minute, but in the end, it was 4minute who clinched the win tonight with "Volume Up“!

Congratulations to 4minute for their 'M! Countdown' trophy!

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Taetiseo shines with “Twinkle” and “Baby Steps” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 03 May 2012 03:31 AM PDT

The anticipation and interest in Girls' Generation's first-ever sub-unit Taetiseo has been explosive to say the least, so it's no surprise that fans will be pouring over the trio's long-awaited live performances, beginning with their debut on today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘!

Tiffany, Seohyun, and Taeyeon took the stage today to perform their catchy title track “Twinkle“, along with one other song from the recently released mini-album, a slow yet fascinating track titled “Baby Steps“.

Check out their debut stage below, featuring their adorable choreography and fine-tuned vocals, and be sure to view the rest of today’s performances here!

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F.CUZ returns with “No.1″ on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 03 May 2012 03:10 AM PDT

F.CUZ is back after a year and a half with their newest mini-album 'For Century Ultimate Zest'!

With the addition of two new members, the boys are ready to win the hearts of their fans with various appeals, and their sound proves how much they have grown as musicians during their time away from the music scene.

Check them out below as they perform their title track "No.1" with their refreshing voices, and check out the rest of today's performances here!

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Ivy impresses with “Torn Heart” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 03 May 2012 02:56 AM PDT

After 2 and a half years, Ivy has finally returned to the music landscape.

Ivy has released her new EP 'INTERVIEW' along with the music video for the title ballad track, "Torn Heart". It has been a long time away for Ivy, and she is more than determined to deliver joy to her fans with a fresh, new transformation. The singer who has up until now been known as a sexy K-Pop diva with dance track songs has transformed with a mellow ballad track.

Check out her emotional performance below, and check out the rest of today's clips here!

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B.A.P is back with “POWER” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 03 May 2012 02:35 AM PDT

B.A.P.'s new mini-album 'POWER' has been released.

The group's second album features 4 tracks in all, and like the "Warriors" that they are, the titles included suggest a strong and aggressive theme. B.A.P. will be covering genres from dance to rap and hip hop.

Following the album release, the boys of B.A.P continue promotions with their comeback stage on 'M! Countdown' with title track "POWER".

BABYs, check it out below, and the rest of today's performances here!

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Shinhwa named new MCs of charity program, ‘A New Life for Children’

Posted: 03 May 2012 02:00 AM PDT

Shinhwa has been named the new MCs for South Korea’s first charity donation program, ‘A New Life for Children‘.

The program will focus on aiding children battling leukemia, cancer, and other rare diseases. Shinhwa expressed, “We’re glad to be able to participate in a meaningful program that helps children suffering from cancer and other illnesses.” Previously, Andy and TEEN TOP took five child patients out to a baseball game.

The show itself was launched in 1990, and has received over $2.6 million USD in donations over the course of the past 22 years, which has in turn helped to fund the surgeries of over 8,500 children.

The ‘Children’s Day’ special of the show will broadcast on May 5th.

Source + Photos: Mydaily via Naver

JYJ’s Junsu successfully concludes the musical, ‘Elizabeth’

Posted: 03 May 2012 01:31 AM PDT

JYJ‘s Junsu has successfully completed his third musical, ‘Elizabeth‘, amidst standing ovations and tears.

Playing the character of ‘Death’, Junsu performed a total of 32 times for the musical, selling out seats within 10 minutes of pre-sale tickets going on sale. With his history of records, stable acting, and singing talents, he’s managed to create a new name for himself as a musical actor.

Composer Sylvester Levay of ‘Elizabeth’ commented, “Kim Junsu’s ability to lead each scene was amazing, and his interpretation of his character was nothing short of charming. He’s an actor who knows what perfection on stage means.”

Music director Kim Moon Jung added, “I was surprised by the level of detail he put into his movements. He’s a prodigy of musicals.”

For the final performance of the musical on May 2nd, Junsu commanded the stage for the entire 160 minutes, captivating the audience with his charisma. His ability to accurately express happiness, sadness, and anger brought out a standing ovation from the 1,700 audience members.

Following the completion of his performance, Junsu expressed, “I feel that it was luck that I was offered ‘Elizabeth’. It’s a personal honor for me to have created an amazing work such as this with our nation’s top stars, and I learned a lot from the experience. I’d like to thank our audience members who filled up the seats from the first day to the last.”

In related news, Junsu is currently preparing for the release of his first solo album, ‘Tarantallegra‘.

Source + Photos: Review Star via Naver

Fans impressed by ElectroBoyz leader Maboos’ English fluency

Posted: 03 May 2012 01:00 AM PDT

The English skills of hip hop trio Electroboyz leader Maboos is becoming a hot topic.

A photo of Maboos’ achievement award from the Katusa Training Academy was recently discovered. The Katusa Training Academy (Korean Augmentation To the United States Army) is a competitive program within the Korean army, which only accepts qualified Korean draftees who demonstrate a high level of English proficiency.

On the official Brave Entertainment blog, a video of ElectroBoyz’ Maboos and 1KYNE speaking fluent English was revealed. Maboos is receiving a lot of attention in particular as he has never studied abroad.

During his time in the army, Maboos was also recognized for ranking third on English language aptitude tests.

ElectroBoyz is currently promoting their single, “Should I Laugh or Cry” featuring Baek Ji Young, which has placed first on music charts.