Saturday, May 5, 2012

"[NEWS] Korean Skating Champion Kim Jinseo performed Big Bang’s "Fantastic Baby"" plus 24 more

"[NEWS] Korean Skating Champion Kim Jinseo performed Big Bang’s "Fantastic Baby"" plus 24 more


[NEWS] Korean Skating Champion Kim Jinseo performed Big Bang’s "Fantastic Baby"

Posted: 05 May 2012 08:51 AM PDT

On 4th May, the E1 All That Skate Spring 2012 event was held at Seoul Songpa-gu Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium skating arena. Current Korean figure skating champion Kim Jinseo performed the current hottest group Big Bang's "Fantastic Baby". His performance is one of which that won the most cheers that night.



After the show ended, JinSeo said that he liked Big Bang's "Fantastic Baby" while choosing the song and his coach agreed to his suggestion. He is also quite satisfied with the dance's choreography as the choreographer arranged the dance exactly like what he thought it would be.

Source: xportsnews via KARAUL007
Translation: ragnarox13@forever-gdragon.com
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[INTERVIEW] Ailee Tells the Ins and Outs of Singer Debut

Posted: 05 May 2012 08:00 AM PDT

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The first time seeing Korean singer Ailee, making people feel "as if fatefully meeting her who is such a jewel." And this jewel almost can only be viewed via U.S. programs. Ailee officially debuted in 2012, but in her mind, the time ofher debut is 2005. "When did I begin to want to be a singer? In fact, I wanted to be a singer from a very early time, so cannot remember the exact time when it started. Very natural thought of 'I want to be a singer'." And then she produced video and uploaded to Internet, and become the girl of "10 million hits."

"Previously I sang to others, everyone said that I sing well. But I do not know that it's I really have the strength, or because they are acquaintances so deliberately exaggerated the praise. So I became curious about the opinions of the people who do not know me, and I produced a video to upload to YouTube. To confirm the messages left, I went online and found that the upload was very popular." Since then, Ailee began to have clear understanding of her future. "From then on, I understand that people likes me to sing. The start from that moment, was a turning point in my life."

The UCC produced at that time brought her good luck. "After I uploaded the video, the program director of United States NBC's 'Maury Show' contacted me. To do a program similar to 'American Idol', hoping I can participate. I very much wanted to participate in that program, I was the only East Asian including Korean who participated in the program, so a little worried. I was singing on behalf of the Korean, what can I do if I didn't sing well?"



Later Ailee won the second place in the viewers' vote of 'Maury Show,' gaining the attention of the audience and media. U.S. record company was also eyeing her. "There was a lot of proposal to let her debut in U.S. music scene, but I prepared for activities for long term, and believed that one day I will be able to debut in South Korea. I hoped to debut in South Korea first. Because I'm Korean, I would like to begin here."

When asked the reason, she replied, "In fact, since I was a kid, I very like Korean dramas, Korean singers. Fin.KL, SES, Park Ji Yoon are great, senior Lee Hyo Ri and 2NE1 are best. So I want to active in South Korea. Recently I met senior Lee Hyori when participating in a program, I was pleasantly surprised and yelled excitedly."

Ailee who successfully debuted in South Korea, was very honored to be singing the Korean national anthem in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Korea Baseball Championship. "I sang the national anthem for the first time after I graduated from elementary school, very strange that I remember the lyrics very clearly."

"While singing, couldn't help but shedding tears. Now thinking of it, was very touching. (Laughs) Born in United States, but I am also Korean, and singing the national anthem before so many people, I feel very proud."

The new song "Heaven" which propelled Ailee to popularity to become attention-seeking skillful actress, has also brought her luck. "I never expected the reaction would be so good. Originally the title song was not 'Heaven.' The feeling of preparing with dance with another new song, and then recorded the 'Heaven' was very special."



"When recording the new song 'Heaven,' my mind showed the MV, choreography, clothing, etc. The overall picture was presented. No such feeling in other songs, so I told the person in charge that I wanted to sing 'Heaven.' Then restarted the production. In fact, never thought that this is popular music, just thought that because of just began, so do it slowly, very surprised that it's well loved by so many people. So very grateful and happy for everything. I still thought it won't work… I thought this was just my hobby, did not expect to earn understanding and love of so many people, I feel very happy."

"Happiness", Aliee is going through a very happy first year of debuting in music scene. "I was very pleasantly surprised when having activities in South Korea. Each time I'm on the stage, I am very excited, very touched. I also challenged acting, the feeling was very interesting. Eye spasm could also be seen on TV. (Laughs) Very strange. My friends saw me acting in TV series 'Dream High 2', and said, 'The feeling of friend appearing on TV is very strange.' (Laughs) I hope to continue to enjoy the feeling of the theater like this, advancing slowly. Because it's still a long way to go. Rather than run out of breath, might as well slowly step by step progressing into the future."

Ailee is still awkward in speaking Korean, but when telling her plan on musical activities, she spoke very carefully and did not rave. Although sometimes she may said a few absurd language. "I am not satisfied with the status quo. 'I am very satisfied having come this far,' then I cannot continue to move forward. I always feel hungry. After this plan ended, immediately establish the next plan. Still feel hungry, continue to eat (to achieve), feel hungry as well, the process of planning the next step? It's fine with read the happy doctor. I worry myself is prideful and satisfying."

She said that her motivation to work hard is neither encouragement of parents, nor it's "Grammy Awards." My motivation is to eat meat! To be able to eat meat, I can do anything! Ha ha."



Said that "Immortal Song 2″ is like playground

In the three-station musical program where she competed with super idol boy group Big Bang and 2AM for championship, Ailee won the second place, demonstrating the superb singing strength of skillful singer. Later, she engaged in non-stop two-month publicity, and also participated in the KBS 2TV's "Immortal Song 2″, once again demonstrated outstanding musical talent. "'Immortal Song 2′ is very interesting, getting more and more interesting."

"At first I had worried whether old-timers would like the adaptation of the song I sang, until now, still very good."

When Ailee stood on the stage of "Immortal Song 2″, she transformed from the cute girl in the background to musician who overwhelmed the audience, the quick change of aura was astounding. The new singer Aliee was not nervous even if competing with senior singers on the same stage. "I don't think 'Immortal Song 2′ is a competition. I just sang for old timers, providing the fun, merely juniors sing the songs of seniors to please the public. That's why I participated relaxingly."

"To me, stage is like nightclub. (Laughs) It's a fun place. I just want to 'have a good show on stage and then come down.' In fact, seldom nervous before stage performances. Ah, when shooting 'Singer and Trainee', nervous when speaking. I speak poor Korean, worried about making mistake, making a fool of myself."




The young Ailee who sang the old songs that twice her age has unique insight. "Don't listen when receiving the new song, look at the lyrics first. If it's lyrics full of poetic inspiration, I ask the staff for meaning if I don't understand the meaning. After figuring out the lyrics, listening to the melody. Therefore can sing with more novelty, and feeling is very good. As for the songs with high difficulty, in fact, are not too difficult. Those were songs that I first heard. I deliberately memorized melody instead of listening to music. I feel that adaptation is very important. Do not want to be too close to the original song. So it is easier to sing."

To Ailee who produced and uploaded large video clip hosting site when young, and devoted herself in studying musical performance for many years, "Immortal Song 2″ is just another playground.

And she found respectful seniors and like-minded colleagues here. "Senior Ali sing very great. Some people said that I am 'Ali II,' although our musical styles are different, but I am very grateful when I heard these words. The friend I met when filming the drama 'Dream High 2′, SISTAR member Hyo Rin, pat on my back to encourage me when heard that I am going to participate in 'Immortal Song'. (Laughs)"

The performance of Ailee lived up to expectations, which could not be better described as "like fish in the water." "When teacher Kim Patti, teacher Lee Yin Ha praised me, very moving. Teacher Lee Yin Ha said I am South Korea's Beyonce, I think that Beyonce of South Korea is senior Lee Hyori. I am just… I can only be Ailee."

Although it's still too early to talk about the champion, but Ailee has enough qualifications, nobody can vote against it. "For the champion, I does not greedy. I just make every effort to prepare, presenting the brilliant performances, and I feel very happy. Every time the feelings of victory when I go is good, it is because a lot of people likes the performance prepared by me. So very grateful. (laughs)"

via TVDaily translated by asian-drama.org





[NEWS] Super Junior’s Choi Siwon & SNSD’s YoonA #1 in Income

Posted: 05 May 2012 07:30 AM PDT


The ranking number 1 in income for Girls' Generation and Super Junior revealed.

On SBS's "Strong Hearts" aired on May 1st, 2012, Ivy, Oh Yoon Ah, SNSD's Tiffany, MBLAQ's Lee Jun, Han Ji Woo, Sun Woo, announcer Kim Hwan, Park Kyung Lim and others participated.

On the day's "I Have Question" section where the guests asked each other questions, female comedian Kim Hyo Jin asked Girls' Generation member Tiffany, "Among Girls' Generation, who earns the most?"

Tiffany answered, "In Girl's Generation, member which most solo activities involving CFs and dramas is YoonA," pointed out clearly that YoonA is the top earner. At the same time, he said, "This time I also starting the subunit activities in Taetiseo, so couldn't I win?" Demonstrating her anticipation, provoking laughter.


Super Junior's Leeteuk who was asked the same question said regrettably, "I counted for the last year, 8 variety shows, radio shows, concerts, and there was even CFs, so I was full of expectations, but I was not the top earner. The first was Choi Siwon, because he shot CFs at Thailand, China, Taiwan and other regions, so Littleton was asked the same question replied with regret: "I accounted for the last year, eight of the variety show, radio, concerts, and even advertising, so was looking forward to, but it is not the first first Choi Siwon, because he took ads in places like Thailand, China, Chinese Taiwan, and others, so I was too far behind to catch up."

Then Eunhyuk also said, "No mtter how hard we try to earn money, it's not as much as Siwon," provoking everybody on the scene to laughter.

Translated by asian-drama.org via Joongang Ilbo


[NEWS] Park Yoochun's enlistment notice unwelcome by netizens

Posted: 05 May 2012 07:00 AM PDT


Pop group JYJ member Park Yoochun who was been identified as 4th grade and will serve in public service due to asthma announced his official position with respect to military service.

On May 3rd, 2012, an official of management agency of Park Yoochun, C-JeS Entertainment, said, "Park Yoochun did receive the enlistment notice, but currently there is no confirmed enlistment time, but he's now filming the drama, so may delay the date for enlistment."

The official added, "At the first medical examination in February 2011, Park Yoochun received the decision of 7th grade, becoming the target of re-examination, later he honestly conducted reviews in accordance with the requests from the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) in good faith, was determined to be 4th grade, and will service as public service personnel." It's reported that he received the grade 4 because of asthma.

Park Yoochun is currently starring in SBS drama "Rooftop Prince" in the leading role of Lee Gak.

On the other hand, after the news of Park Yoochun been assigned to public service was announced, it attracted the attention of suspicious netizens.

Netizens said, "Looks like all entertainers is in public service," "Smoke so heavily, seems like determined to have asthma," "He looks very healthy on the stage" and so on.


Translated by asian-drama.org via e2news


[NEWS] Micky Yoochun vs Kim Soo Hyun – Whose Body is Better?

Posted: 05 May 2012 06:40 AM PDT


The body of the actors always become a rather controversial topic.

Recently Kaya Scodelario who come to South Korea to shoot CF together with Kim Soo Hyun, published on her Twitter account a photo of Kim Soo Hyun.

In the photos, Kim Soo Hyun took off his jacking, and wore sleeveless shirt. His body looks more solid than his appearance, and the right-angle shaped arms is attracting attention. His such a look gained even more love from fans.

And Park Yoochun who is known as "ancestor of right-angle shoulders" also received attention recently.

On April 30th, 2012, Park Yoochun who is starring in SBS Wednesday and Thursday drama "Rooftop Prince" uploaded a photo on his Twitter account. He who was wearing pink long-sleeved shirt looked at the camera with a smile.


The slightly fitted pink shirt protruded his solid body. The solid strong arms coupled with extra-wide shoulders, living up to his reputation as "ancestor of right-angle shoulders."

Kim Soo Hyun and Park Yoochun not only have the advantage of right-angle shoulders, but they also showed their talents in the Wednesday and Thursday drama series, they both played the role of prince. And the two persons also have very charming smile, and the popularity is increasing continuously.


[NEWS] T-ara's Hyomin flaunts her slim body

Posted: 05 May 2012 06:00 AM PDT


On May 4, Hyomin posted a photo through her twitter account.
On her photo, she is wearing a tight hot pink skinny pants that emphasizes her curves and long legs even more.

Hyomin wrote, "Hot pink skinnies which I love the most~~~"

In the photo, she is facing sidewards giving her side view perspective.
She really has nice figure, isn't she?

[PICTURE] Seunghyun's pouty selca!

Posted: 05 May 2012 05:30 AM PDT


On May 4, Seunghyun shared a pouty selca.
He wrote on his twitter account,


"The cool breeze feels good
" and "Friday again... Time please stop.

With all these messages, he tagged a very cute selca.

[NEWS] Grammy: "The K-Pop Explosion"

Posted: 05 May 2012 05:00 AM PDT


Korean artists such as Girls' Generation and Big Bang are making international music waves.

While South Korea is a vital part of the growing economic boom in Asia, the country of nearly 50 million people is exporting more than just consumer electronics and cars these days. Its native popular music, universally known as K-pop, is also finding a growing international audience in places such as the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. And in other Asian markets, including Japan, it's already big business.

In major U.S. cities such as Chicago, Atlanta and Houston, K-pop concerts have sold out venues seating 1,700 to 2,500 music fans. In 2011 the nine-member dance-pop group Girls' Generation sold out New York's hallowed Madison Square Garden. And in Los Angeles, the Korean Music Festival has been a part of the concert season at the 17,000-plus capacity Hollywood Bowl for the past 10 years. Held this year on April 28, the festival featured performances from Korean artists such as Brown Eyed Girls, Im Tae Kyung, Kim Kyung-Ho, and Lena Park, among others.

Christine Ha, a reporter for Los Angeles' The Korea Times, presenters of the annual Korean Music Festival, says the festival now attracts approximately 30 percent non-Koreans.

"We noticed [the growth in audience diversity at the Hollywood Bowl shows] about two or three years ago," says Ha. "It includes the Hispanic community, the Chinese community [and] other Americans … We always sell out."

The sizable Korean-American population in cities such as Los Angeles is certainly helping to fuel the popularity of K-pop in the United States, but the stateside K-pop audience stretches beyond Asian-American demographics.

"When we performed in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, we were shocked and surprised to see that the majority of our fans were non-Asian," says Sunny of Girls' Generation. "That is when we realized how big and influential K-pop was [becoming] around the world."

Joon Ahn, executive vice president for the music business division at Korea's CJ Entertainment & Media, says K-pop first emerged in the '90s with ballad crooners such as Kim Gun Mo and Shin Seung Hun. The first decade of the new millennium has seen the emergence of new stars such as Girls' Generation, Big Bang, Super Junior, and Wonder Girls, with the latter opening for the Jonas Brothers in 2009.

As the international audience for K-pop has broadened, so has its stylistic boundaries, says Ahn. Hip-hop, rock and techno are now freely embraced by some artists in the movement. Snoop Dogg performed on the title track of Girls' Generation's 2011 album, The Boys; Kanye West appeared on JYJ's "Ayyy Girl" in 2010; and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am will reportedly produce the U.S. debut album by K-pop group 2NE1, an all-female hip-hop group.

Today, many K-pop artists are setting their sights on the international market right away. And while the preparation that some go through is reminiscent of the rigorous artist development practices employed by Barry Gordy's Motown Records in the '60s, Ahn believes this attention to detail has contributed to the success of many of these groups.

"In recent years, Korean artists have planned their overseas activities as soon as they make their local debut," says Ahn. "Therefore, vocal training, dance rehearsals and physical workouts are only the beginning. Lessons in foreign languages and etiquette are given as well."

Some K-pop performers are recruited from other countries such as Thailand, China, Japan, and the United States. Tiffany of Girls' Generation was born Stephanie Hwang in San Francisco. NichKhun of K-pop boy band 2PM, who was born and partly educated in Southern California and is of Thai-Chinese descent, feels it's a benefit to have members in a group that can fluently speak and sing in other languages, particularly English.

"It is a big advantage having two English speakers in our group," notes NichKhun.

"It's Taecyeon and me. To be able to communicate with the fans is very important. So if 2PM ever makes a debut in English-speaking countries, we can connect with the fans better."

Ahn believes the growth in digital media is a major reason why K-pop has become a global entity. The video for the Girls' Generation 2009 single "Gee" has been viewed more than 73 million times on YouTube. The song became the longest-running No. 1 song on the Korean Broadcasting System's chart, and their self-titled album, released in Japan in June 2011, went double platinum, a first for a Korean girl group.

"The channel for movement of music is now very simple with digital," Ahn observes. "Even the file size is convenient for it. Compared to movies, musical theater, or TV series that have a bigger language barrier, music's appeal is communicated through rhythm and visual impact. YouTube and other social networks have contributed the most to spreading music of all kinds and allowing them to be heard [by] a greater audience."

With commercial success comes increased competition. It's been said that even a few months out of the spotlight can spell trouble for a successful K-pop group because there are many artists clamoring for attention.

"The K-pop scene is very competitive because there are so many people who are talented and younger who also want to be a part of the scene," says NichKhun. "Recently, we have been away working on our album in Japan and we're already starting to see so many new young groups. So we have to make sure to maintain our popularity in Korea while expanding to other markets, which doubles or triples the work. It is not easy."

Adds Tiffany, "Now with most groups trying to expand and break through into other markets and territories, the competition is that much stronger. So we are so thankful to our fans for supporting us."

Questions remain regarding K-pop's potential for growth and influence. Will the scene be able to generate artists for the ages similar to the Beatles and Michael Jackson, who both moved from being teen idols to timeless international artists? While that remains to be seen, K-pop artists are certainly reaping the benefits of the genre's current success.

(Jon Matsumoto is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.)

Source: www.grammy.com


[PICTURE] KARA's Gyuri unveiled goddess-like selcas!

Posted: 05 May 2012 04:55 AM PDT

KARA's leader Park Gyuri shared new selcas on Twitter.

She said,"Having a good mood,taking selca after such a long while!repaired my camera and bought new battery,a meaningful day....what,have nothing to do ~(-_-(~"".

She looks pretty in her new selcas,agree?

[NEWS] ‘Elisabeth’ Rudolf, Lee-U: Jaejoong-hyung’s care saved me!

Posted: 05 May 2012 03:01 AM PDT



For someone who has no previous experience in acting, many people wondered how Lee-U joined the acting field, especially since he debuted as an idol singer. Lee-U said, "Kim Jaejoong-hyung who provided support and care for me during the audition for Elisabeth is a savior to me."
After 'Protect the Boss', Jaejoong reached out to and provided support for Lee-U who was at a loss regarding his career at that time. The relationship between the two began with the 3rd episode of Happy Together in 2008. Lee-U indicated that after Happy Together, Jaejoong and him had been in constant contact and furthering their relationship.

Credit: OhmyStar
 Korean to Chinese Translation: @喵喵_喵姐 Weibo
Chinese to English Translation: g.fanns of JYJ3

[INTERVIEW] Yuri: ‘I’m No Longer a Girl’

Posted: 05 May 2012 02:47 AM PDT


Recently, Yuri took part in an interview and photo shoot for "Woman Chosun" magazine.
We were able to realize that it's just as hard receiving love as it is giving it after talking with Yuri. The reason why the group "Girls' Generation", which she is a member of, is so amazing is not because they have constantly been receiving unconditional love. It's because they show more love than they receive. Yuri is one of the members amongst the nine others who works very hard. "Fashion King" is the first work where she is in charge of a lead role. How many sleepless nights has she spent? We met with rookie actress, Kwon Yuri.
"The carrot cake here is good."
Friday afternoon, the spring sun is warm, and this milk tea is sweet. The carrot cake Yuri recommended wasn't too sweet and was soft, just like she said. This is Yuri's hideout, where she said she comes to chat with her friends every now and then. Because of that, the Yuri sitting in front of me right now is not a dazzling girl group Girls' Generation's goddess, or the perfect designer Choi Anna from the drama either. She is just a 24 year-old woman. Her occupation is a celebrity, and it has been five years since her debut. "Because I received a lot of love, I am working to meet their expectations", showing she is a hard worker who puts her words into action.
Kwon Yuri's "Into the New World"
Wearing a yellow jacket with the sleeves rolled up, Yuri pushes a hanger full of clothing with one hand while she's holding the phone with her other hand, handling a call. Yoo Ah-In, who was enjoying a bath, is surprised and hides his body. Yuri looks at him indifferently.
"I don't have time. So get out."

This scene was from the third episode of "Fashion King", where the two met for the first time in New York. Yuri said all her lines in English. Her last "Get out!", which was pronounced with much emphasis on the last "T", came off as being both indifferent and irritable. Along with the good pronunciation, there was even emotion in the acting. She is not from the States like her fellow Girls' Generation members Tiffany and Jessica.
"Even during my days as a trainee seven-eight years before my debut, it's been about ten years since I wanted to act. I received acting lessons consistently and read scenarios alone as well. I'm really happy I'm able to act in a drama now. Before filming started, I had about ten meetings with the director. The director wasn't well aware of who I was, and because he couldn't get a grasp of my level of acting, he gave me a lot of advice. More than anything, I was worried about having to act in English. Anna is a very successful, top designer in New York, so I had to pronounce words well, as well as express all emotions well. I carried a voice recorder and camcorder around everywhere, repeatedly recording and listening to it."
The PD in charge, director Lee Myung Woo, said it was true that they were worried about Yuri being cast. It was to the point where he made tapes containing things he wanted to speak to her about on acting because it was "too much of an important role for a rookie to take on."
"At first, there were a lot of things we asked of from Yuri. There were also times where we had to change things on the set. Now, she is getting better every day. If you point out her weak points, she takes note of them and applies it to her acting. She's always prepared. I only found out recently that she carries the tapes I made for her around and listens to them." (Lee Myung Woo PD)
Girls' Generation member Yoona made her first attempt in acting in 2008 through "You Are My Destiny", and Jessica through "Wild Romance" recently. If you consider Yuri's statement, "I prepared for about ten years because I wanted to act," she started off late. While the drama has aired eleven episodes so far, there haven't been any issues with her acting despite being a rookie.
"My personality is like that. It's similar to Anna's. I wanted to show a more complete me. Whether it be acting in English, singing, or dancing, I think that if I'm going to show myself to someone else, that I should be a bit more genuine. If I want to do that, I have to become more familiar with that side of me, and to become used to it, lots of practice and effort have to be put forth repeatedly. I think that's why it took a little longer."
Yuri was recently chosen for having the best body amongst girl group members by foreigners on MBC Music's "Show Champion". Girls' Generation members also often say, "I'm jealous of Yuri's healthy body." Also, when she guest starred on SBS's "Victory" with her members, the diet manager, Shawn Lee, stated, "There are many cases where the other members are born with their bodies, such as Sooyoung. But Yuri's body is made by her efforts. It's a body that results from consistent exercise."
Out of Girls' Generation members, the time Yuri started gaining attention was a little while after their debut. As they are reaching five years since their debut, each of the nine members have garnered attention at least once. But rather than being a member who garnered attention from the start, Yuri has consistently increased attention on herself with her constant bright image. Even on variety shows, she would do "kkab dances" and also won second place in monkey bar chicken fights on "Let's Go Dream Team". As she doesn't spare her body on anything, her presence gradually grew.
"I've always liked exercising. I like swimming the most, and even thought about becoming a professional swimmer. Even after debuting, if I get stressed or feel heavy, I go to work out, although I haven't been able to lately due to all the filming."



I Fell Easily, But I Never Gave Up
SM's practice and training is well known for being systematic and intense. They practice and practice until their choreography is perfect without any errors. It took a year for Girls' Generation's first choreography to be perfected. Shim Jaewon, the choreographer in charge of their training, stated, "In the end, the person standing on stage and the person being denounced is them, so if their performance doesn't go as they practiced, it's traumatizing. The stage that they dreamed of becomes something that no longer brings them joy." Especially when it comes to groups like Girls' Generation, who have grown continuously with barely any time to breathe, and receives attention wherever they are, this hits harder. I could not neglect Yuri's words. "It may look fancy, but there is a lot of effort put into it that you can't see."
"There have been many jagged stones which I could have fallen by, and there have been many things that could have made me falter. But I constantly tell myself, 'I just fell for a moment. I'm going to get back up', because giving back all the love many people have given me is my responsibility. No matter what difficult thing there is, no matter what difficulties come up, I can't break because of it. Because I've come this far like that, I'm able to gain strength no matter what hardships there are."
I thought she was only receiving love. I didn't even think that they were giving energy. The average amount of time spent as a trainee is over five years, and the time spent preparing for one choreography is an average of one year. They have been trained to know well that expectations are bound to increase, and that they need to return the love they received. And so, to them, the stage is "an overwhelmingly happy place", and "a cold place that will not tolerate a single mistake."
"There were times where I did things that I never thought I would be able to do. At times like that, there's an indescribable thrill, and I feel really happy. And so, although I think things like, 'Ah, I can't do this', 'I think I'm going to quit', 'I don't think this is the right path for me', and 'I can't take this anymore', countless times, after I accomplish one thing, I feel like I can accomplish another thing. So I'm able to overcome a moment of crisis by telling myself, 'I'll just do one more thing', and 'Let's just try overcoming this one mountain.'"
Soon, the film "I AM" that reveals the life of SM idols will be released. Each member who starred in it left one message. Yuri wrote this.
"I fell easily, but I never gave up."



"'Fashion King' Bests" Chosen by Yuri
"Best Line"
"Wipe your mouth."

This was said by Anna to Lee Jehoon (Jaehyuk), who came to her asking to start over. Jaehyuk suggested they have brunch, and he had sauce from his sandwich on his mouth.
"Best Scene"
"While drinking at a hotel with Younggeol, Anna cries. She shows her inner feelings for the first time, saying, 'I really loved him, why did things become like this?' The afterimage left from the line, 'Why did things become like this?' carried on for a long time."

Yoo Ah-In and Lee Jehoon, Comparing Charms
"The people who have known me for a while were the first ones to tell me, 'There is a similarity between you and Anna. Without trying to figure out what kind of person Anna is, or how you would act it out, finding the similarities between yourself and Anna will get you those answers faster.' I wondered if that was true and tried looking for the Anna inside of me. Anna works hard, but things continue to mess up, and love for her is difficult and she is discouraged. There are a lot of scenes like that. Although she really works passionately, things don't go her way. Not only does it not go her way, but she doesn't get results that meet the amount of efforts put forth. We all experience those kind of moments. I could understand what that feels like. I was drawn into it because, the more I looked at her, I felt there were a lot of similarities between Anna and myself. She's a really delicate girl. She tries to make herself look tougher so that doesn't show. She shows an arrogance that makes it seem like she has everything, but when she's alone, she takes sedatives. And when she cries, she cries alone. My heart hurts with her at moments like that."
Yuri is usually told that she is cheerful, but she said she is actually trying really hard. She said she tries to smile more, especially when she's going through a tough time. So, when Yuri smiles a bit more than usual, it is a moment where one must pay close attention to her.
"I may look strong on the outside, but I know well that I am actually very very weak, so trying to overcome myself is the hardest thing. And so when I meet someone who is like me, my boundaries just drop. I express my feelings and become honest. That is something that Anna and I really have in common."
The people Yuri is acting with, Yoo Ah-In, Lee Jehoon, and Shin Sekyung, are today's hottest actors. Because their acting is also solid, they are actors who succeed with their characters rather than with their popularity. But, rather than feeling timid, Yuri approaches them. She approaches them, asks them questions, and learns. Because she is a rookie, she asks them if the emotions she feels while acting are right, and asks if it's okay for her to continue the scene that way. Then, these seniors answer without hesitation. Juniors who ask questions with their eyes sparkling, trying to learn, are bound to be loved.
"Whatever role Yoo Ah-In oppa gets, he puts life into it. His acting moves people. Whenever Younggeol and Anna meet, the energy I receive is also great. Because I receive a lively energy, I end up doing just as much. You let yourself go and become more honest. I spoke with Ah-In oppa on acting not too long ago, and I liked how when I asked him things I'm curious about, he answered them all and also told me about things that I couldn't think up."
Junior Kwon Yuri asked senior Yoo Ah-In, "What kind of role must you get in order to relieve any worries you have through the character? For instance, I'm playing the role of a gangster. Then that means I could do something that's crawling inside of me, something that I've always wanted to do but couldn't. I was curious as to whether it relieves anything. While I've been acting as Anna, I got those slight feelings while doing things that Yuri usually would not be able to do. When I asked if he ever felt anything like that, he answered, 'I do this work because that's so fun. That is one of the biggest reasons why I act.'"
She said actor Yoo Ah-In's motto is "Act genuinely". Yuri said she felt reassured because she thought, "Ah, this is right." Lee Jehoon seems a lot different from his role of Jaehyuk as well. The thing that Yuri was most curious about when it came to Lee Jehoon was this: "Who exactly are you, Lee Jehoon?" She asked him this in real life.
"There was something that always crossed my mind when watching Jehoon oppa act. Who is this person, really? Because he's a person who has such a diverse spectrum, I'm surprised every time I see him. From a naive face, to the best fighter in school, it's like that even now. When I'm with him, I only see Jung Jaehyuk, to the point where I forget the person, Lee Jehoon. Even after filming is over, it still feels like he's Jung Jaehyuk."



Tackling Worries Head-On
"Black pearl". This is the nickname fans call Yuri. It was created because her skin is slightly tan. It takes a long time for a pearl to form. It is created by embracing impurities that come in through small spaces with its resin. People whose efforts become habits don't realize that they are actually working hard. They instead counter the claim by asking, "Isn't it natural to practice and prepare in order to gain something?" This is something that can be taught during the seven-eight years spent as a trainee and is the secret behind Girls' Generation never being disorderly for the past five years. This is also in her nature. Of the nine members, Yuri is put under the category of hard workers.
"If I have a worry or if a problem occurs, the solution I choose is meeting it head-on. At times like that, even if I'm meeting friends, or wherever I am, all my attention is focused on that problem, so it's better off solving that problem first, even if it takes a long time."
It took a long time because she was facing it head-on. Becoming an idol who captures the attention of people all around the world, making a body that is beautiful even in the eyes of foreigners, and rearing acting that doesn't get criticized, she puts forth just the right amount of effort that is needed. Time went by like this, and Yuri has become a pearl.

Source: Woman Chosun
Translated by: ch0sshi@soshified
Edited by: MoonSoshi9@soshified

[PICTURES] Nichkhun for Manifesto Magazine!

Posted: 05 May 2012 02:16 AM PDT

2PM member, Nickhun is featured in Manifesto magazine and this time his cute charm fade away as he showed his manly and fierce image in the pictures from the magazine.

Nikchun ussualy shows his cute charm in the pictures by posing cutely and showing his precious smile but in the pictures below, you will see his different image.

Take a look at the pictures below.





Written by: angelclowie18@dkpopnews.net

[PICTURES] Boyfriend's Black and White Photos for Dearberry!

Posted: 05 May 2012 01:40 AM PDT

Boyfriend's Black and White Photos for Dearberry have been unveiled.

Check out the photos below.






[NEWS] Girls’ Generation – TTS Performs ‘Twinkle’ and ‘Love Sick’ on ‘Show! Music Core’!

Posted: 05 May 2012 01:31 AM PDT


Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun made their comeback as Girls' Generation – TTS on the May 5th episode of MBC's "Show! Music Core". They first performed the R&B song, "Love Sick", from their mini-album, "Twinkle", and wowed fans with an amazing vocal performance. Dressed in colorful gold outfits on a set that resembled a Broadway theater, the three members then took the stage to perform the title song, "Twinkle", showing off their funky sound and soaring ad-libs.
Fans continued to show their support and excitement on Twitter, with "#TTSMuCore" trending 3rd worldwide.



As part of a celebration of Children's Day, MBC combined "Music Core" with a charity special, "Children's Day Special 2012 MBC 'New Life to Children'". In addition to their comeback, Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun continued their roles as MCs and were also joined by Shinhwa as MCs for the special.
Check out the performances of "Twinkle" and "Love Sick", as well as the MC cuts below.









Source: monmonsnowSeason7@youtube.com
Written by: MoonSoshi9@soshified
Edited by: bhost909@soshified

[NEWS] Jang Hyunseung, casted in his first ever musical 'Mozart!'

Posted: 05 May 2012 01:18 AM PDT



BEAST's Jang Hyunseung will be challenging the musical industry.

According to a source from the musical 'Mozart!', Jang Hyunseung has been casted for his first musical and will be playing the role of the main character, Mozart, in the upcoming musical. 

In addition, Jang Hyunseung will be the second member in BEAST who will be in a musical. Last year, member Yang Yoseob had played the role of Jiyong in the musical 'Gwanghamoon Sonata'.

The Austria musical 'Mozart!' that had first premiered in Korea in 2010 had portrayed the life of the genius musician Mozart with a modern twist. Mozart's look with reggae hair and ripped jeans had been a big attention grabber in the past. It had received many positive comments by showing different genre of music such as rock, jazz, and more. 

This was JYJ's Kim Junsu's first attempt at a musical and this musical had even created the popular musical stars such as Park Euntae. Other than that, Lim Taekyung, Park Gunhyung, Jeon Dongsul had all played the role of Mozart in the past as well.

Meanwhile, the musical 'Mozart!' will be playing starting July 10th at the Sejong Media Theather and Park Euntae, Shin Youngsook, Min Youngki, Yoon Hyungreul, Bada, will be joining the cast as well.


NATE (SOURCE); YONGISM@B2ST RISING (TRANS)

[NEWS] 2PM Interview from the Hunan Satellite TV 2012 Eighteen’s Choice Adulthood Award Ceremony!

Posted: 05 May 2012 12:44 AM PDT



2PM has intentions to expand in China. Nichkhun avoids talking about Victoria, praises Chinese females

On the night of May 2nd, Korea's popular idol group 2PM participated in the recording of Hunan Satellite TV 2012 Eighteen's Choice Adulthood Award Ceremony. This time, as their Chinese television debut, 2PM has naturally attracted international fans from different countries. Facing the passionate response from Chinese fans, 2PM expressed that they are always prepared for the opportunity to expand in China within an interview. And Nichkhun, who has become popular through the couple Khuntoria, had also praised that Chinese females are very passionate and energetic.

Group expansion, has their eye on the Chinese market

Even though 2PM is a popular idol boy group in Korea, they also face very strong competition from new rookie bands which appear constantly. For example, EXO-M who already has extremely high popularity after debuting in just 5 days, their appearance has a strong impact. Regarding this, 2PM's confidence on stage and enthusiasm, and unique performance style allows this group to have an individual type of charm. Always creating surprises for their fans.

This year at February, 2PM held a concert in Nanjing, this was the only concert held within China and attracted worldwide fans to attend. And regarding the passion from the fans, it allowed them to have the thought of expanding into China. "Once there is the opportunity, and the company has this plan, we are always ready to take the chance to expand into China."

Nichkhun avoids talking about Victoria

This time, coming to Changsha for recording, many fans were already waiting at the airport. It may be due to the chaotic scene in the afternoon whenever fans came to welcome them, 2PM hopes that the fans place safety as their main priority. "At the airport, many fans came to welcome us. We felt everyone's passionate response, but their safety is most important."

Within the group, Nichkhun, who through "Khuntoria couple" won most of the fans within China and had the highest popularity. Within the interview, Nichkhun smiles and said everyone's amount of fans are similar, there is no competition within the members. Nichkhun and Victoria, a member from the group f(x) is one of the most popular married couples on the program <We Got Married>. The two have a really good sense of mutuality, and also often shows a flirtatious and ambiguous relationship, allowing people to unavoidably become suspicious whether they are actually dating. Within the interview, Nichkhun avoids talking about Victoria, however he commented that he really admires passionate and energetic Chinese females.


HUNAN TV (SOURCE) ; x_tiffany_x@2ONEDAY.COM (TRANS)

[PICTURE] Seungri watches "The Avengers"!

Posted: 05 May 2012 12:30 AM PDT


Seungri recommended "The Avengers" movie to his fans when he posted about it on his me2day account.

On May 4, Seungri posted:

Trans: Thanks to the Avengers which have all of hero's figures, I could enjoy good cultural life with members. Are you fan of which heros?^_^ Go to see a movie!

Tags: Billionaire, Genius of science, I want to have Ironman's suit
Translated by: @lucywinslet

Who wouldn't like the movie anyway? So who's your hero?

[NEWS] KPOP Featured on the Grammy Website!

Posted: 05 May 2012 12:15 AM PDT



Grammy: "The K-Pop Explosion"
Korean artists such as Girls' Generation and Big Bang are making international music waves.

While South Korea is a vital part of the growing economic boom in Asia, the country of nearly 50 million people is exporting more than just consumer electronics and cars these days. Its native popular music, universally known as K-pop, is also finding a growing international audience in places such as the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. And in other Asian markets, including Japan, it's already big business.

In major U.S. cities such as Chicago, Atlanta and Houston, K-pop concerts have sold out venues seating 1,700 to 2,500 music fans. In 2011 the nine-member dance-pop group Girls' Generation sold out New York's hallowed Madison Square Garden. And in Los Angeles, the Korean Music Festival has been a part of the concert season at the 17,000-plus capacity Hollywood Bowl for the past 10 years. Held this year on April 28, the festival featured performances from Korean artists such as Brown Eyed Girls, Im Tae Kyung, Kim Kyung-Ho, and Lena Park, among others.

Christine Ha, a reporter for Los Angeles' The Korea Times, presenters of the annual Korean Music Festival, says the festival now attracts approximately 30 percent non-Koreans.
"We noticed [the growth in audience diversity at the Hollywood Bowl shows] about two or three years ago," says Ha. "It includes the Hispanic community, the Chinese community [and] other Americans … We always sell out."
The sizable Korean-American population in cities such as Los Angeles is certainly helping to fuel the popularity of K-pop in the United States, but the stateside K-pop audience stretches beyond Asian-American demographics.

"When we performed in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, we were shocked and surprised to see that the majority of our fans were non-Asian," says Sunny of Girls' Generation. "That is when we realized how big and influential K-pop was [becoming] around the world."

Joon Ahn, executive vice president for the music business division at Korea's CJ Entertainment & Media, says K-pop first emerged in the '90s with ballad crooners such as Kim Gun Mo and Shin Seung Hun. The first decade of the new millennium has seen the emergence of new stars such as Girls' Generation, Big Bang, Super Junior, and Wonder Girls, with the latter opening for the Jonas Brothers in 2009.

As the international audience for K-pop has broadened, so has its stylistic boundaries, says Ahn. Hip-hop, rock and techno are now freely embraced by some artists in the movement. Snoop Dogg performed on the title track of Girls' Generation's 2011 album, The Boys; Kanye West appeared on JYJ's "Ayyy Girl" in 2010; and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am will reportedly produce the U.S. debut album by K-pop group 2NE1, an all-female hip-hop group.

Today, many K-pop artists are setting their sights on the international market right away. And while the preparation that some go through is reminiscent of the rigorous artist development practices employed by Barry Gordy's Motown Records in the '60s, Ahn believes this attention to detail has contributed to the success of many of these groups.

"In recent years, Korean artists have planned their overseas activities as soon as they make their local debut," says Ahn. "Therefore, vocal training, dance rehearsals and physical workouts are only the beginning. Lessons in foreign languages and etiquette are given as well."

Some K-pop performers are recruited from other countries such as Thailand, China, Japan, and the United States. Tiffany of Girls' Generation was born Stephanie Hwang in San Francisco. NichKhun of K-pop boy band 2PM, who was born and partly educated in Southern California and is of Thai-Chinese descent, feels it's a benefit to have members in a group that can fluently speak and sing in other languages, particularly English.

"It is a big advantage having two English speakers in our group," notes NichKhun.
"It's Taecyeon and me. To be able to communicate with the fans is very important. So if 2PM ever makes a debut in English-speaking countries, we can connect with the fans better."

Ahn believes the growth in digital media is a major reason why K-pop has become a global entity. The video for the Girls' Generation 2009 single "Gee" has been viewed more than 73 million times on YouTube. The song became the longest-running No. 1 song on the Korean Broadcasting System's chart, and their self-titled album, released in Japan in June 2011, went double platinum, a first for a Korean girl group.

"The channel for movement of music is now very simple with digital," Ahn observes. "Even the file size is convenient for it. Compared to movies, musical theater, or TV series that have a bigger language barrier, music's appeal is communicated through rhythm and visual impact. YouTube and other social networks have contributed the most to spreading music of all kinds and allowing them to be heard [by] a greater audience."

With commercial success comes increased competition. It's been said that even a few months out of the spotlight can spell trouble for a successful K-pop group because there are many artists clamoring for attention.

"The K-pop scene is very competitive because there are so many people who are talented and younger who also want to be a part of the scene," says NichKhun. "Recently, we have been away working on our album in Japan and we're already starting to see so many new young groups. So we have to make sure to maintain our popularity in Korea while expanding to other markets, which doubles or triples the work. It is not easy."

Adds Tiffany, "Now with most groups trying to expand and break through into other markets and territories, the competition is that much stronger. So we are so thankful to our fans for supporting us."

Questions remain regarding K-pop's potential for growth and influence. Will the scene be able to generate artists for the ages similar to the Beatles and Michael Jackson, who both moved from being teen idols to timeless international artists? While that remains to be seen, K-pop artists are certainly reaping the benefits of the genre's current success.


Source: grammy.com//Via BBU

[NEWS] JuYeon Receives Her ‘Modeldol Certification’

Posted: 05 May 2012 12:00 AM PDT

JuYeon's recent twitter updates has earned her 'Modeldol Certification'.

The term 'Modeldol' is used for idols who have modelesque physical characteristics. JuYeon exemplifies these characteristics with her fantastic body proportions.


Today JuYeon uploaded two photos of herself onto her twitter page.

These photos showed fans her fresh face and natural beauty.

Netizens left comments like "You're in charge of Beauty in After School" among other reactions.



Yesterday JuYeon upload three photos to her twitter page. In the background of the pictures Japanese nightlight can be seen which gives the photos a relaxed vibe.

One of the pictures featured Kahi and both women struck a similar 'V (V)' finger pose. Both Kahi and JuYeon showed off their bright smiles and relaxed fashion senses.

Netizens left comments like "…modeldol After School", "Your legs are very long" and "…I want to hear new After School songs soon…".

After School recently ended their successful first tour last month. They are expected to make a Korean comeback on June 21st with a single album.
Article 1 2 3 – Trans: AfterSchoolDaze

[INTERVIEW] Suho, 'The respectful leader that protects EXO'!

Posted: 04 May 2012 11:42 PM PDT


In the midst of the boy group renaissance era, the new weapon EXO-K has appeared like a comet. SM Entertainment's ambition, EXO, is using a breakthrough strategy to have both EXO-K, who promotes in Korea, and EXO-M, who promotes in China, perform their debut song 'MAMA' in their respective stages.

EXO-K's leader Suho looks as if he is from a comic book, with his unrealistic features and the looks of a scion of a noble family, along with respectful manners. Suho, who even describes himself as "exemplary, respectful, and warm-hearted," is known for living an upright lifestyle. It is almost as if we have heard mothers sing about how they want to raise their mischievous sons to be like the calm and warm-hearted Suho. "Say MAMA if you can change it, say MAMA"



*literature girl may refer to a Japanese novel series titled "Book Girl" or just a girl that likes literature/majors in literature






Source: The Star
Translated by gpark @ CXO
 

[PICTURE] CNBlue greets children on Children's Day!

Posted: 04 May 2012 11:30 PM PDT


On May 5, Korea celebrates Children's Day.
CNBlue sends out their warm greetings for them and wrote a message along with their signs,

Children, all of you. Congratulations on children's day. Please be always cheerful & happy!

This is their message to Junior Hankook Newspaper in commemoration of 90th children's day

Photo credit: @yhcn0622
Translated by: CebuNuna @cnbluestorm
Posted by: Camille @cnbluestorm

[NEWS] Free Twitter Analysis Event, 1st JYJ, IU, Park Yoochun, Kim Tae Hee… Close match among the stars!

Posted: 04 May 2012 11:14 PM PDT


If you select the keyword that you are curious about, you will find the 'SNS Professional Analysis Company – Social Tree', a Twitter data analysis service, that is holding a free anniversary event.
If you looked at the male singers keyword request at present, JYJ came in first with 164 requests. Super Junior came in second with 142 requests and Beast emerged third with 132 requests.
In the male actor category, Park Yoochun, who plays the leading role in 'Rooftop Prince', came in first with 167 requests. Kim Soo Hyun and Ha Jung Woo came in second and third respectively.

Source: Nate
Translation Credit: Shermin of JYJ3

[NEWS] Lee Teuk’s Sock-Lifts Are Exposed And He Says It Was “Because I Heard TVXQ Were Coming”

Posted: 04 May 2012 11:00 PM PDT


Lee Teuk's sock-lifts were exposed.

The episode of 'Joo Byung Jin's Talk Concert' that was aired on the 3rd of May was an SM special. On this day, TVXQ's U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin, Super Junior's Lee Teuk and Eun Hyuk, and Girls' Generation's Tiffany and Seo Hyun appeared on the show to share their stories.

During his self introduction, Lee Teuk stood up and said, "Hello. I'm Super Junior's leader Lee Teuk." What grabbed everyone's attention was the strange shape of his socks.

Seeing that there was a shoe-lift inside Lee Teuk's socks, Joo Byung Jin stated, "Get down from there," while Lee Teuk tried to gloss over it by saying, "It was because I heard U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin were coming…" At this, Eun Hyuk said, "Oh, I thought those were the new shoes you bought," and had everyone in the studio laughing.

Source: [TV Report]

Translated & Shared by: dongbangdata.net

[NEWS] BEAST's Junhyung helped Shinsadong Tiger come up with the idea for "Lovey-Dovey"!

Posted: 04 May 2012 10:47 PM PDT




On the 6th, CN Blue, BEAST and Shinsadong Tiger appeared on MBC's "K-POP Stars Changing the World" to talk about the Hallyu wave.

Yoon Junhyung said, "I follow Shinsadong Tiger like he's my older brother. When I don't have a schedule, I always go to play around at his studio."

Shinsadong Tiger said, "Junhyung helps me a lot with items like the song title. Actually, the idea for T-ara's 'Lovey-Dovey' was from Junhyung."


Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem 

[PICTURE] AS E-Young asking for your support

Posted: 04 May 2012 10:30 PM PDT


Blog Title: It's E-young. Thank you.
Date: 4th May 2012

To all the Play Girlz Japan, who came to our concerts.
From the bottom of my heart I am thankful to everyone who came.
For always being there for me I am extremely glad.
Thank you.

The new single will be released on 6/13.
Please give it a lot of love!
Please also give E-young lots of love.

Let's meet again~^^

by E-young.

(Translated from Japanese to English by daburu) – Credit: fyafterschool