Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"[News] U-KISS, “In Japan, We Have SaSaeng Fans”" plus 24 more

"[News] U-KISS, “In Japan, We Have SaSaeng Fans”" plus 24 more

[News] U-KISS, “In Japan, We Have SaSaeng Fans”

Posted: 22 May 2012 09:21 AM PDT

U-KISS returns with a domestic comeback after their Japanese activities.

Herald News recently met up with U-KISS, and despite their hectic schedule, they are still the same smilling boys with energetic expressions. If anything has changed at all, Dongho has grown taller.
Last November marked U-KISS's last domestic activities with their second album, 'Neverland', and since then they have been busy in Japan and transforming into the new Hallyu idols of today. During their time in Japan, they released their first Japanese album 'A Shared Dream' and single 'Forbidden Love' in February which rank on the weekly Oricon chart at 2nd and 5th, respectively. In addition, they successfully held concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and six other cities.

Needless to say, their newest release, 6th mini-album "DORADORA", has been long-awaited by domestic fans.

KiSeop: In Japan, we are rookies. It was only possible to do our activities up until March if we put all of our effort into it. We were extremely happy to see our fan base grow and hear good reports in the media about us. Our members have all improved in communicating in Japanese, we wouldn't have too much trouble living [in Japan] ourselves. We feel that the work we've put in has truly paid off.

Talk about how you realised your rising popularity.
DongHo: In Japan, we have SaSaeng fans. But in Korea, SaSaeng fans are a little different. In Japan, they tend to look from a distance. If you reason with them, they will be understanding and leave. There hasn't been any uncomfortable situations and we can have lots of time to spend comfortably in our dorm. So we have learnt a lot about each other, and bonds between members has also improved. Haha.

But the activities in Japan must have been hard, tell us about it.
SooHyun: Due to our continuous schedule in Japan, we were very tired at times. But even though it was hard at times, we were given strength by the love we received from our fans. Rather than showing our fans 'the perfect stage', we felt like we put the best of what we had into performing. And it seemed like our fans accepted our sincere hearts.

AJ: If we said we weren't homesick, we would be lying. But the reason why we were able to work even harder was because we didn't want to disappoint those who were always anticipating us. All the members had to be very committed. We started as a new family, with Hoon and myself, and now it really does feel like a family.

U-KISS has been around for five years now. Most idol groups are short-lived and disappear after one year of activities. Those who go on usually develop an arrogant image, but U-KISS has continued to be humble in their words and remain modest.

Kevin: The reason why we were able to sing for five years so far is because of the love our domestic fans gave us, as well as our international fans. We have the thoughts of showing an image that is constantly improving.

Hoon: Because we are sunbaes, we want to be a good, humble example to the newer groups. We want to put all our strength into making our performances look effortless. Besides Korea, we are extremely thankful for the love we've received in Japan. We always want to maintain a positive outlook towards our activities.

Tell us about your latest release.
"We've kept a watchful eye on the [industry] from Japan, and we were a little anxious. So the release this time is even more important. We want to be well prepared and show a better image of ourselves. [We'll] put in the extra effort to showcase the skills we've gained from these past four years. In particular our choreography and clothing, we hope you anticipate it."

Even though U-KISS has reached beyond Korea, and aiming for Asia, they do not forget their roots and their humble mindset. With that said, U-KISS is expected to reach even greater heights in the future.


[NEWS] Yang Hyun Suk clarifies rumors about the company (YGE) intervening with G-Dragon’s marijuana scandal, “We don’t have that kind of ability.”!

Posted: 22 May 2012 08:56 AM PDT

Yang Hyun Suk has directly and openly clarified the rumors behind his entertainment company intervening and 'covering-up' G-Dragon's marijuana scandal.

On the May 21st episode of SBS 'Healing Camp, Are You Not Happy', MC Kim Jaedong brought up the following statement, "There are rumors that the news about G-Dragon's marijuana case was released late because the company had tried to cover it up and push it back."

Yang Hyun Suk then stated his mortification, "I think people have been overestimating the man that I am, the man named Yang Hyun Suk. It is far beyond my capabilities to even try something like that. If it was something I had experienced before, I may have tried to stop it, but with what ability could I have covered up such a huge case that the whole media and public was wildly focusing on?"

He added, "If I had tried to cover it up, a bigger damage would have been done. You can never cover the sky with your hand."

MC Lee Kyungkyu created a riot of laughter among the set when he added, "I never even assumed he could be capable in the first place."

Source: Nate

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[VIDEO] BTOB released Irresistible Lips MV!

Posted: 22 May 2012 08:47 AM PDT

Cube entertainment's new boys BTOB unleashed the full MV of their new song Irresistible Lips,check out the MV here!

[NEWS] Jaejoong, Member’s Reaction To His First Challenge In Period Drama Is, ‘Jaejoong In a Period Drama?’

Posted: 22 May 2012 08:43 AM PDT

JYJ's Kim Jaejoong, who is challenging period dramas for the first time in MBC drama "Time Slip Dr. Jin" spoke about his members' reactions.

He said, "When I said that I was acting in a period drama, the JYJ members said 'Jaejoong In a Period Drama?'" and "Actually, I myself had never even thought that I would appear in a period drama," he admitted. Jaejoong said, "Wearing a topknot, and wearing clothes from the olden days are something I have never done before and is new to me" and "I myself cannot believe that I am taking on a period drama."

He also said, "After trying out the period costumes, I feel that the Korean outfits look really good, and I'm thankful that these clothes suit me well. The feeling is really great," he revealed.

Source : [K Star News]

Translated & Shared by : dongbangdata.net

[NEWS] Yang Hyun Suk, “After the Big Bang incidents, G-Dragon was the only one I scolded the most.”!

Posted: 22 May 2012 08:29 AM PDT

Yang Hyun Suk revealed that after the incidents involving Big Bang had been blown out, the only person he scolded the most was G-Dragon.

On the May 21st episode of SBS 'Healing Camp, Are You Not Happy', Yang Hyun Suk was asked a question regarding the scandals and incidents involving Big Bang. When asked, "After the Big Bang incidents (car accident and marijuana scandal), what words have you passed onto Daesung and G-Dragon?" Yang Hyun Suk answered, "I was in a very iffy position to be saying things to Daesung. I was in no position to be the one scolding him."

Yang Hyun Suk continued, "I did not scold Daesung, however, I did scold G-Dragon a lot. I said to him, 'Think of all the people who have become upset, disappointed, and hurt all because of that one action you took' and harshly scolded him."

Source: Nate

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[NEWS] Yang Hyun Suk, shakes off the truth about the internal pain and suffering he’s had from the Big Bang incidents!

Posted: 22 May 2012 08:12 AM PDT

On the most recent episode of 'Healing Camp, Are You Not Happy', Yang Hyun Suk confessed his feelings and thoughts about Daesung's car accident and G-Dragon's marijuana incident that fired up back in 2011.

During this day's recording, Yang Hyun Suk stated, "Although I haven't expressed it before, the pain and suffering I had gone through from the Big Bang incidents have been severe," and also added that, "there will probably never be anything harder to deal with in my life than this (the incidents)."

He continued, "At that time, due to the mental shock I had received, I showed spasmodic (or convulsive) symptoms and even dealt with the horrors and nightmares of death." He accordingly stated, "I am still taking daily medication, day and night, because of the aftereffects."

Source: Billboard Korea
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[VIDEO] VIXX teases with short dance practice video

Posted: 22 May 2012 07:57 AM PDT

Rookie group VIXX is set to make its debut this week with upcoming debut track "Super Hero". Ahead of their official debut, the boys have been releasing series of teasers. In addition to three music video teasers, VIXX has just unveiled a short dance practice video, heightening anticipation.

VIXX is a new boy group by Jelly Fish Entertainment, the label that houses to Sung Si Kyung, Seo In Guk and Brian. The group is comprised of the top six finalists of Mnet's "Mydol" show. They will have their debut stage on the May 24th episode of "M! Countdown", the same day of their debut release.

[PICTURE] Who wore it better: miss A’s Suzy or Ha Ji Won?

Posted: 22 May 2012 07:26 AM PDT

Actress Ha Ji Won and girl group miss A member Suzy recently spotted wearing the same dress.

Ha Ji Won recently attended the movie premier of 'Korea', which was held in Chiba, Japan. The actress stepped into the premier in a black off-the-shoulder dress, revealing her sexy and healthy body. She added elegance to the dress with a fancy necklace.

Suzy on the SBS "Running Man" wore the same dress with a cuter appeal. She looks lovely with her long wavy hair down and gave a more feminine look with a pink colored necklace.

Those who have seen the picture say, "Ha Ji-won looks mature", "They both look good", "I don't feel the 16 years difference" and more.

[NEWS] NU’EST reveals official fanclub name

Posted: 22 May 2012 06:58 AM PDT

Two months after their first step onto the K-Pop world, Pledis Entertainment's latest group, NU'EST finally revealed their official fanclub name.

After a week of voting, Pledis decided to revealed the official fanclub name for NU'EST. According to NU'EST's official Twitter, "NU'EST fanclub name has determined to be L.O.Λ.E! NU'EST's 러브 fanclub's meaning; it is from NU'EST consonant ( ㄴㅇㅅㅌ ). NU'EST fanclub is a family that we love. Please treat us well in the future, L.O.Λ.E♥"

NU'EST is written as "뉴이스트" in Hangeul. Removing all the vowels would leave the consonants "ㄴㅇㅅㅌ", which could be read as "LOVE".

[NEWS] Dal Shabet to release first full-length album in June

Posted: 22 May 2012 06:35 AM PDT

After approximately four months since the release of "Hit U", girl group Dal Shabet will be making their return with their first full-length album to be releasedon June 7th.

According to Happy Face Entertainment on May 22nd, the upcoming album will have a total of 13 tracks, including 4 previous hits, 1 intro track, and 8 brand new songs. Its title track was produced by E-Tribe and is set to show a brighter side of the group, fitting in the summer season.

Ahead of the album's release, Dal Shabet will hold a showcase at Seoul's CGV Cinecity's M Cube on June 5 to commemorate their comeback.

Source: Star News

[NEWS] 2PM’s Wooyoung & 2AM’s Jo Kwon to release solo albums in June

Posted: 22 May 2012 06:20 AM PDT

2PM's Wooyoung and 2AM's Jo Kwon will be releasing solo albums and will likely be going head-to-head this June.

Wooyoung's solo debut rumor has been circulating among fans since the beginning of the year. He already hinted with his tweet, "We will soon shock the world," with a photo of him working in a studio with Junsu.

Wooyoung will be the second member of 2PM to have a solo debut after Junsu released his solo debut track, "Alive" last October. A representative from JYP Entertainment said, "We've received a diverse range of songs and are currently contemplating which one we will make the title song."

2AM's Jo Kwon has already released his debut solo track "The Day of Confession" during the beginning of July 2010. The song was based on his on-screen relationship with the Brown Eyed Girls' Ga In for MBC's "We Got Married Season 2". His first solo album next month will mark his first solo release in 23 months.

[PICTURE] Lovely Juyeon in Pink Dress

Posted: 22 May 2012 06:05 AM PDT

After School's Juyeon transforms into a beautiful goddess of the spring in her lovely pink dress.

On May 21st, Juyeon posted on After School's official Japanese website, "It's Juyeon. How are you?" She continued, Does it suit me?^^ But I'm shy… In this pink dress I'll send a perfect smile just for you!"

The attached photo showed Juyeon perfect Spring worthy outfit, matching a pink dress with glittery headband. The singer displayed her natural beauty while smiling brightly for the camera.

Credit: okdr

[NEWS] Lucrative College Festival Season For K-Pop Agencies

Posted: 22 May 2012 05:49 AM PDT

This is a busy season for Korean pop management companies. It's the season of college festivals where famous k-pop acts will come visit the universities all across the country to perform anywhere from one to three songs each.

According to a survey conducted via Facebook by Sungkyungwan Unviersity's student association, 112 out of 270 participants voiced that they wanted to see IU perform at their college festival the most.

When it comes to attending these festivals, it really boils down to what acts one can expect to see perform. The student association is pressured by the wishes of their fellow students and the school budget. There are various companies that specialize in hooking up these colleges with "relatively inexpensive" deals with the top k-pop stars. These stars can vary from idol groups, hip hop groups, and even indie bands.

According to reports, out of the top 20 biggest university festivals in Seoul, the act that was most often seen performing was SISTAR. The popular girl group performed at five out of the 20 schools, including Hong-ik University and Gungook University. Also 65% of 13 schools had signed on SISTAR, Davichi, Girls Generation TaeTiSeo, 4minute, and Secret to perform.

Just because these groups are demanded by students doesn't make it a done deal for them to perform. These acts can get incredibly pricey. Each act averages about 10-50 million won.

One way to cut this steep cost by up to a third of the total is to link up with radio stations to hold public broadcasts. That way, the musical acts get some airtime out of the deal too.

A genre continuing to grow in popularity every year is indie acts. Because indie bands tend to be relatively cheaper than mainstream k-pop acts, more and more universities are turning to the "lesser known" groups. Though they may not be as popular, it's also common to call upon indie bands that are made up of the college students. The students admit though, it's not nearly as exciting or enticing for them to watch performances by non-mainstream k-pop groups.

All in all, this is a very lucrative season for K-pop agencies.

Source: KBS World

[VIDEO] T-ara releases Round & Round MV!

Posted: 22 May 2012 05:42 AM PDT

Retro queens T-ara are back with the remake of Round and Round.

Check out the MV here!

They performed this song on 7080 Concert before

[NEWS] Cool’s Yuri finds niche in fashion

Posted: 22 May 2012 05:36 AM PDT

Yuri from '90s idol group Cool is having so much fun in fashion that she won't be making a comeback anytime soon.

According to singer Baek Ji Young, friend and business partner of internet shopping mall iamyuri.com, Yuri is thoroughly enjoying being an entrepreneur that "she probably won't be making a comeback anytime soon."

Yuri, who is currently away in the United States to shoot a new catalogue, is said to be enjoying the fashion industry a lot more than the entertainment world.

The former female vocalist of the group Cool has been inactive since 2009 when the band released its 11th album.

On May 18th, her band made an appearance on a KBS variety show program where they sang their hit songs. Yuri's absence was felt and Suzy from Miss A stepped in to sing in her place.

By Carla Sunwoo
Source: JoongAng Daily

[AUDIO] Lee Je Hoon releases OST for ‘Fashion King’

Posted: 22 May 2012 05:23 AM PDT

SBS drama series "Fashion King" releases yet another original sound track, the 7th OST, on May 22nd, 2012.

"Fashion King" OST part 7 is the male version of song with the title of "Love Like This" (사랑은 이렇게) which was previously released as "Fashion King" OST part 4, and is originally sang by female singer Lee Young Hyun of Big Mama.

The new male version of "Love Like This" is sang by Lee Je Hoon (이제훈), an actor who is also starring in the drama.

Source: dramahaven

[NEWS] Park Yoochun: “Rooftop Prince makes me stronger”

Posted: 22 May 2012 05:10 AM PDT

Park Yoochun expressed his thought on the ending of "Rooftop Prince".

On May 21st, 2012, Park Yoochun tweeted through his Twitter account, "'Rooftop Prince' is about to end, 'Rooftop Prince' is a drama that made me stronger."

Park Yoochun is playing dual roles of Crown Prince Lee Gak of Joseon Dynasty who traveled through 300 years of time to come to modern era, and chaebol man Yong Tae Yong in "Rooftop Prince", proving the excellent acting skills and demonstrating even more mature acting.

Park Yoochun said, "With few days of shooting remaining, comparing with any days, I feel that the time flies quickly. 'Rooftop Prince' gives me sadness, and also gives me happiness."

He went on to say, "Because of support given, recently I often feel fluttering heartbeat, very excited. I want to be able to live with the same mentality at all time."

Many fans and netizens were touched after seeing the messages of Park Yoochun, and said, "About to end. What a pity," "Park Yoochun, because of you, we also feel a happiness," "The ending thoughts of 'Rooftop Prince' by Park Yoochun, what a pity, ending so far," "Watch your drama I feel happy! Hope to see you in the next drama," and so on.

In addition, "Rooftop Prince" will broadcast final episode 20 on May 24th, 2012.

Source: dramahaven

[NEWS] Super Junior’s Donghae and actress Yoon Seung Ah cast in new drama

Posted: 22 May 2012 04:55 AM PDT

Super Junior's Donghae and actress Yoo Seung Ah have been earmarked to play the main characters in Channel A's upcoming romantic comedy series.

According to Channel A's official on May 22nd, "Yoon Seung Ah and Donghae will appear together on 'Miss Panda and Hedgehog' (translated title). They are currently filming and the drama is likely to hit the airwaves this summer."

'Miss Panda and Hedgehog' is a romantic comedy about baking. Donghae will play Mr. Hedgehog while Yoon Seung Ah will be Miss Panda, who has a peaceful personality but always quarrel with Donghae's character.

[NEWS] Kim Soo Hyun is popular even among idols

Posted: 22 May 2012 04:42 AM PDT

Actor Kim Soo Hyun, who is one of the most desired celebrities among producers and advertisers, has proved his popularity even among idol groups.

On the episode of MBC Every1's 'Weekly Idol – Real Chart! Idol Self-Ranking' to be aired on May 23rd, Kim Soo Hyun was voted as the star that idols would like to bring to their teams. According to the production team of 'Weekly Idol', idols were allowed to choose among actor, comedian, athlete or any public figure but Kim Soo Hyun managed to ranked #1.

Kim Soo Hyun rose to fame through dramas like "The Moon that Embraces the Sun" and "Dream High." He also proved his popularity after etting a record with the most endorsement deals.

Meanwhile, other stars who also make it on the list included Lee Kwang Soo, Busker Busker's Jang Bom Joon, Brave Rascal's Shin Bora and more.

[NEWS] B.A.P graces cover of Hallyu magazine ‘Trendy’

Posted: 22 May 2012 04:29 AM PDT

B.A.P became the cover of the biggest Hallyu magazine in Taiwan, 'Trendy', just 4 months after their debut!

'Trendy' is published by Cite Media Holding Group which owns 70% of the market share in Taiwan. It is named as the leading Hallyu magazine, and is among the top two best selling magazines in the country.

Despite having only released two single albums, B.A.P already achieved international fame, joining the ranks of established veterans such as Big Bang, CNBLUE, Shinhwa and others who have covered the magazine.

A spokesperson for the magazine said that a Korean star, who has never been to Taiwan or debuted through TV dramas or movies, has never appeared on the magazine cover either. As a result, B.A.P has set a new record.

In addition, not only did B.A.P appear on the cover of the May issue, but the group was given a 10-page spread of all the members.

Source: TV Report

[NEWS] Jessica reveals sexy charms in ‘Elle’

Posted: 22 May 2012 04:16 AM PDT

Jessica's sexy charms were revealed through her recent pictorial shots for 'Elle'.

While taking a break and preparing for Girls' Generation's next Japanese release, Jessica recently had a photo shoot and interview with 'Elle'. During the interview, Jessica, whose look often gives the impression that she is a cold and scary person, mentioned that people close to her gave her nicknames that suggest the opposite, such as 'Heodang (one who is easily confused)' and 'Jinguk (an honest person)', revealing a totally different kind of beauty and charms in her.

On the statement "Up till today, you haven't even been to a blind date", Jessica confessed, "I want to try going on an ordinary date where we get to eat ddeokboggi (spicy rice cake) on a street and go to an amusement park together."

On the question whether there is the 'Jessica that no else knows' that she would be sad if people would not know, Jessica said that in order for it to be a secret, no one else should know about it other than herself, drawing waves of laughter on the shooting set.

Source: newsen.com
Translation: fanwonder

[NEWS] JJ Project ranks high on Youtube charts

Posted: 22 May 2012 04:03 AM PDT

JYP Entertainment's latest duo, JJ Project has started their music career with a bang!

After dropping the music video for their debut track "Bounce" on May 20, JJ Project received an enormous amount of attention worldwide, sweeping four Youtube charts. The music video has placed in first for Most Liked Video, Most Viewed Video, Most Searched for Video and Top Favorited Video on Korean Youtube.

For worldwide Youtube, the music video for "Bounce" reached #4 Most Liked Video, #10 Most Viewed Video, #7 Most Discussed Video and #4 Most Favorited Video.

In addition, "Bounce" made a shining debut in the iTunes' Top Dance Albums, placing at the 10 spot alongside David Guetta, Calvin Harris and more.

JYP Entertainment stated, "We are grateful for the massive attention JJ Project has received internationally. We are currently preparing for their debut stage, which will exceed everyone's expectations so please continue to send us interest and love."

Source: Nate

[NEWS] 4minute’s HyunA has the most kissable lips

Posted: 22 May 2012 03:50 AM PDT

4minute's HyunA has been voted as the idol with the most kissable lips.

Tonight's episode of MBC Music's 'Show Champion' will air the special 'Coming of Age Day' episode, the holiday held every third Monday of May, recognizing people who turned or will turn twenty that year.

The production team of "Show Champion" conducted a survey, asking people who has the best lips to kiss among idol stars who turned 20 this year. They covered the idols' faces, only exposing their lips. HyunA received the most votes, beating Wonder Girls' Sohee, SISTAR's Soyu and the others.

Among idols who celebrated the Coming of Age Day included, 4minute's HyunA, Wonder Girls' Sohee and Hyerim, SISTAR's Soyu, After School's Lizzy, f(x)'s Amber, INFINTE's L, FT Island's Min Hwan and Jong Hoon, ZE:A's Dong Joon, Teen Top's C.A.P, B1A4's Sandeul and Baro, EXO-K's Chan Yeol and Baekhyun, EXO-M's Chen and Hello Venus' Ara.

Source: TV Report

[NEWS] YG recruits ‘K-Pop Star’ Lee Ha Yi, Lee Michelle and Lee Seung Hoon

Posted: 22 May 2012 03:37 AM PDT

Earlier, it has been reported that 'K-Pop Star' finalists Lee Ha Yi and Lee Seung Hoon will likely join YG Entertainment. On May 22, YG Entertainment confirmed the casting of Lee Ha Yi and Lee Seung Hoon with the addition of Lee Michelle and two more contestants.

YG introduced the new signess from 'K-Pop Star' through its official blog YG-Life. According to the post, YG recruited Lee Ha Yi, Lee Michelle and Lee Seung Hoon. The agency also plans to sign two more contestants as the post revealed question marks for its #4 and #5 slots.

Meanwhile, 'K-Pop Star' grand winner Park Ji Min signed with JYP Entertainment alongside finalists Baek Ah Yeon and Park Jae Hyung. While, SM Entertainment has no plan on recruiting any contestants from the show.

[NEWS] 2PM’s Taecyeon assures fans he’s fine after surgery

Posted: 22 May 2012 03:24 AM PDT

2PM's Taecyeon updated his fans that he is recovering well from his recent surgery and that he was discharged from the hospital.

On May 22, Taecyeon tweeted, "Surgery went well and I was released from the hospital after five days. So many things have happened. Our new song came out while I was in the hospital. Our new song came out and Wooyoung's solo album is being talked about."

As previously reported, Taecyeon sustained fracture on his left arm during an arm wrestling with his fellow 2PM members. He got the surgery to join the humerus and will need to be in a cast for the next 3 to 4 weeks. However, he expressed his determination about joining his teammates on stage for the upcoming concerts in Japan.