Friday, May 18, 2012

"Pixie Lott talks about Big Bang & K-pop in interview with XIN MSN" plus 19 more

"Pixie Lott talks about Big Bang & K-pop in interview with XIN MSN" plus 19 more


Pixie Lott talks about Big Bang & K-pop in interview with XIN MSN

Posted: 18 May 2012 08:42 AM PDT

We previously reported that Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P were featured on the track, “Dancing on my Own” for English artist Pixie Lott’s Japanese version of the album, ‘Young Foolish Happy’. Well, it seems there could be more collaboration between Pixie Lott and K-pop artists in the near future.

Pixie Lott recently participated in an interview with XIN MSN in Singapore where she mentioned K-pop and Big Bang. In the interview, she stated how she discovered K-pop in Japan and thought it was fresh and futuristic, how she later found about Big Bang and thought they were really cool and nice guys after collaborating. She also stated that she would like to find more about K-pop and participate in more Asian collaborations.

Check out the segment below.

SM Entertainment artists head to LA for “SMTOWN Live World Tour III”

Posted: 18 May 2012 08:07 AM PDT

SM Entertainment artists Super Junior, SHINee, Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, EXO, and f(x) were recently spotted at the renowned Incheon International Airport as they departed Korea to Los Angeles, California.

The SM artists are heading to Los Angeles for their "SMTOWN Live World Tour III" concert on May 20th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The day after this concert, Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, and Super Junior will be heading to Mountain View, California for MBC's 'Korean Music Wave in Google' concert.

Check out a few photos of the artists at Incheon airport below.

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Seo In Young establishes private entertainment company

Posted: 18 May 2012 07:30 AM PDT

Singer Seo In Young has established an independent entertainment company called the Seo In Young Company.

On May 18th, Seo In Young’s former agency Star Empire stated, “Seo In Young has decided to start her own entertainment company and leave Star Empire. Her contract expired in the beginning of the year, and she has been thinking carefully whether or not to stay. We respect the decision she has made for herself.

Seo In Young will no longer be a part of Star Empire, and instead start fresh with the ‘Seo In Young Company’ where her father will take the position of CEO.

The singer, who debuted in 2002 as a member of Jewelry, released a solo album ‘Elly is So Hot‘ in 2007, which was praised by the general public for Seo In Young’s strong musicality. After officially leaving Jewelry, Seo In Young has been occupied with solo activities, and has gained immense popularity through her unique sense of fashion and music.

Source + Photo: Star News via OSEN

Photo of ZE:A’s Kwanghee eating in the middle of the airport gets laughs

Posted: 18 May 2012 07:00 AM PDT

A picture of ZE:A‘s Kwanghee eating his breakfast at an airport has been getting a reaction from fans.

The staff of SBS‘ ‘Laws of the Jungle 2‘ recently shared a picture of the star, who was eating pizza as breakfast as he squat in the middle of an airport. Fans also noticed that Kwanghee did not seem to care about possible stares from strangers despite being an idol.

Apparently, before Kwanghee left to the tundra for filming, he told his manager that the food he craves the most is pizza. His manager then fulfilled his wish by providing him pizza for breakfast.

Fans commented, “Even his eating is done in variety show style,” “He’s going all the way to the tundra for filming,” and “It is so cute how he is just himself and not fake.”

After Kwanghee makes his third adventure into the jungle, he will start preparing for ZE:A’s comeback when he returns to South Korea in June.

Source & Image: Osen

Junsu’s ‘Tarantallegra’ attains massive success in Japan

Posted: 18 May 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Junsu‘s (XIA) solo album ‘Tarantallegra‘ is receiving an explosive reaction in Japan.

On May 18th, CJES Entertainment revealed, “XIA’s first solo album has taken the #1 spot on Japan’s Itunes. What is even more surprising it that he surpassed Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to receive the #1 spot, proving XIA’s massive popularity in Japan.”

Pre-orders for ‘Tarantallegra’ grabbed first place at Tower Records Japan as soon as the release date of Junsu’s album was announced earlier this month, and the album completely sold out on the day of its release. Junsu’s solo album also snagged the #1 spot for sales in Japan’s Rakuten and Amazon site.

A music official from Japan stated, “After the explosive amount of pre-order sales, the album is now becoming a scarcity. This is even more surprising because Junsu has not had any activities in Japan lately.

A representative of CJES Entertainment said, “Japan’s response towards XIA’s first album is really hot. The Japanese public has been looking forward to Junsu’s music and performances, I think it is because of Junsu’s solid fan base in Japan. Another reason why this album is gaining so much popularity is because it’s compelling in that it attempts to be exceptional and sensational at the same time. It’s just a well-made album derived from Junsu’s own skill.

In related news, ‘Tarantallegra’ is also running short in stock on Korean online sites, and gaining many favorable reviews.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Baek Ji Young and B2ST’s Junhyung celebrate their first “Good Boy” stage

Posted: 18 May 2012 06:00 AM PDT

Photos of Baek Ji Young and B2ST‘s Junhyung celebrating their first performance of “Good Boy” were released on the 17th.

WS Entertainment shared on their official Twitter, “Baek Ji Young with Junhyung on their first ‘M! Countdown‘ stage,” along with a few photos.

Fans commented, “Your performance yesterday was the best,” “Every stage should be like this,” and “I’m looking forward to your sexy performances.”

Baek Ji Young made a successful comeback after three years with her new mini-album, ‘Good Boy‘, and finished her first comeback stage on the 17th. B2ST’s Junhyung also made an appearance, which made for an exciting performance.

Source + Image: WS Entertainment‘s Twitter, Newsen via Nate

2PM releases new “Only You” MV for limited edition album ’2PM Member’s Selection’

Posted: 18 May 2012 05:31 AM PDT

2PM has released a brand new music video for “Only You“, a track from their debut mini-album ‘Hottest Time of the Day‘, to promote their upcoming limited edition album ‘2PM Member’s Selection‘.

The limited edition album holds 18 tracks in all, including “Alive” by member Junsu and “Move On” by Junho and Wooyoung. All of the group’s best hits are also on the album, and each track will have short introductions by the 2PM members as well. Only 20,000 copies of ’2PM Member’s Selection’ are planned for sale in South Korea. Fans who get their hands on the album will be treated to a booklet of lyrics, 72-page photo book, and 8 photo postcards.

’2PM Member’s Selection’ will be released on May 22nd KST. In the meantime, check out the track list and the new “Only You” MV below.

’2PM Member’s Selection’ track list:

01. 10 out of 10
02. Only You
03. Again & Again
04. I Hate You
05. Might Come Back
06. Heartbeat
07. Tired of Waiting
08. Gimme the Light
09. Don't Stop Can't Stop
10. Without U
11. I'll be back
12. I Can't
13. Hands Up
14. Give It to Me
15. Hot
16. Thank You
Special Tracks
17. Alive (Junsu)
18. Move On (Junho, Wooyoung)

Source: Naver Music, YesAsia
Tip: Paula

Son Dam Bi shows off her flawless, summer-ready figure

Posted: 18 May 2012 05:05 AM PDT

Singer Son Dam Bi is attracting a lot of attention for the recent photos she revealed of her flawless figure.

On May 17th, Son Dam Bi posted the above pictures from a photo shoot via Twitter. Considering her tanned and toned body, it’s no wonder that the star has been chosen as the model for what appears to be a sportswear brand. Followers who saw her photos commented, “I’m jealous of your strong body,” “I can’t take my eyes off of you,” “Your body is so toned,” and “Please hurry up and come back as a sexy singer.

Meanwhile, Son Dam Bi is also making a name for herself as an actress with her role on MBC‘s ‘Light and Shadow‘.

Source & Image: Son Dam Bi’s Twitter

LEDApple to hold fan meeting with foreign fans

Posted: 18 May 2012 04:38 AM PDT

On May 18th, LEDApple‘s agency, Startory Entertainment, revealed that LEDApple will be holding a fan meeting for their foreign fans.

The boys will be meeting 200 foreign fans, who are currently staying in Korea, at Perham Hall in the Dongkuk building in Seoul. The fan meeting, which is officially called ‘Pop Pop Seoul Special in Korea LEDApple‘ was established for the benefit of international students who are Hallyu fans. Any foreign student or Hallyu fan will have permission to enter the event.

The event started back in 2009 when it was first broadcast in South Korea. This time, the event will be broadcast in Japan and China through the K-Pop news program, ‘Pop Pop Seoul‘. It is planned to reach 10,870,000 households in Japan as well as 56,000,000 households in Shanghai and Gunagzhou.

The meeting will include LEDApple’s introduction, their plans for the future, song performances, a question game, and a memorial photo session. A representative from Startory Entertainment revealed, “We plan to prepare various events, and create a special and memorable moment for our fans.”

This past March, the boys attended the ‘K-Pop Rookies Party Vol. 1‘ in Japan. On May 18th, LEDApple will hold a live concert in Daegu, Korea in addition to another one on the 19th in Busan. The group is also holding a solo concert in Japan on June 23rd.

Source + Photos: Nate

TaeTiSeo wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + Performances from May 18th!

Posted: 18 May 2012 04:03 AM PDT

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

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

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, boy groups INFINITE and Dalmatian returned with their unique sounds with "The Chaser" and "E.R", respectively.

The queen of ballads, Baek Ji Young, also made her return with a fresh new track titled "Good Boy" with today's performance featuring B2ST's Junhyung.

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

Congratulations to TaetiSeo!

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Others who performed tonight included TaeTiSeo, SISTAR, 4minute, U-KISS, A Pink, Mighty Mouth, Brave Guys, Rhythm Power, Electroboyz, Andamiro, Girl’s Day, Norazo, December, Gang Kiz, Hello Venus, B.A.P, Sunny Hill, and NOEL!

Check out the performances below:

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Dalmatian declares a state of emergency with “E.R” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 18 May 2012 03:58 AM PDT

Dalmatian has returned to their fans for the first time in over a year as a 5-member group, adding new multi-talented member Simon. With their new mini-album 'STATE OF EMERGENCY', the boys are more determined than ever to wreak havoc on the music scene.

Their title song "E.R" is an analogous dance track that has an acoustic feel, and the siren noises in the intro as well as the desperate lyrics will help listeners sense the emergency situation of having to let go of the person they love. Fans will also get to see the boys' dramatic transformation into fierce masculine men, as well as some new never-before-seen dance moves.

The track was produced by none other than One Way's Chance, and his hardworking production team duble kick music, who diligently worked with the boys for approximately a year.

Check it out below, and be sure to view the rest of today's performances here.

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INFINITE is back with “The Chaser” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 18 May 2012 03:52 AM PDT

After unveiling their mini album 'INFINITIZE' earlier and embarking on a showcase tour around five cities, INFINITE has finally taken the stage to perform their title track "The Chaser".

The music video showcased the flawless, synchronized choreography that has become the trademark style of the group, interspersed by action-packed scenes. Now, INSPIRITS are met with an incredible comeback stage that further reveals the boys' talents.

Check out "The Chaser" below, and be sure to view the rest of today's performances here.

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Big Bang confirms Hong Kong for ‘Alive Tour 2012′

Posted: 18 May 2012 03:40 AM PDT

Big Bang has confirmed Hong Kong for their concert 'Alive Tour 2012', which will travel to a total of 25 cities and 16 countries around the globe.

A list of the tour locations in Asia can be found on Big Bang's official Facebook. It appears that Hong Kong may be the last stop in Asia according to the updated schedule. The Philippines, MalaysiaIndonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore as well as Japan and South Korea have already been confirmed. 'Alive Tour 2012′ locations in North America, South America, and Europe have yet to be revealed.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Tip: Joycee.x

B.A.P releases second making-of video for “Power” MV

Posted: 18 May 2012 03:12 AM PDT

B.A.P has released a second making-of video for the group’s “Power” music video!

The clip was posted onto TS Entertainment‘s official YouTube channel. The footage covers the boys of B.A.P behind the scenes as they monitor their performances, and goof around on set.

Watch the first making-of film released here, and the new clip below.

Tip: Grace

Songs from ‘I am a Singer 2′ to be immediately available after live broadcast

Posted: 18 May 2012 02:42 AM PDT

Songs from MBC‘s ‘I am a Singer 2‘ will now be immediately released online after each live broadcast.

iMBC is reported to have a contract with MBC to distribute the songs from ‘I am a Singer 2′. Starting from the May 20th broadcast, all the songs performed on the show can be found on the official iMBC site.

iMBC will make each song performed on ‘I am a Singer 2′ available until December. Songs will also be available for download and streaming on other online music sites as well.

A staff member at iMBC stated, “We decided to make the songs available right after the live broadcast to meet the demands of the public. We found that the first two days after the broadcast is when people seek out the songs most, and as it is a hit show on MBC, we will strive to distribute the songs in the highest quality for viewers and fans.

Source: Cookie News via Nate News

Ulala Session’s Lim Yoon Taek is currently checking items off his “bucket list”

Posted: 18 May 2012 02:12 AM PDT

Ulala Session‘s Lim Yoon Taek shared some of the items on his personal bucket list.

During a recent shoot for KBS 2TV‘s ‘Do Dream‘, Lim Yoon Taek made a surprising admission that he is currently checking off items on his ‘bucket list’.

I am currently fulfilling the 100 things I want to do in life, one thing at a time,” he said. “One of items I crossed off the list was riding a yacht in the Philippines, and there are other more silly things, such as drop off the radar for awhile.”

The one thing the Ulala Session member really wants to do is invite all the people he loves to a large stadium to have a drink together. He wants to be able to freely reminisce about the past and sing his heart out for those gathered.

However, as the singer refrains from drinking due to his battle with stomach cancer, he stated, “I can’t drink right now, but I think just watching my friends become happily intoxicated would make me happy, too.

The episode featuring Lim Yoon Taek airs May 19th at 10:25PM KST.

We hope he will have a full recovery, and spend many healthy years to fulfill the things on his bucket list.

Source & Image : Newsen via Nate

T-ara’s Hyomin shares photos from the editing studio of Gang Kiz “Honey Honey” MV

Posted: 18 May 2012 01:40 AM PDT

T-ara‘s Hyomin has been reported to have worked on editing Gang Kiz‘s second music video for “Honey Honey” with director Cha Eun Taek for three days straight.

Hyomin’s manager revealed photos of the star diligently working on the music video inside the editing room. In the six photos, Hyomin looks adorable as she seems to be deep in thought while immersed in her work.

The finalized second music for Gang Kiz’s “Honey Honey” was first broadcast May 18th KST.

In related news, Gang Kiz will be giving their debut performance of “Honey Honey” on today’s ’Music Bank‘.

Source & Image: TV Daily via Nate

ZE:A’s comeback hint teaser video released!

Posted: 18 May 2012 01:11 AM PDT

A video teaser for ZE:A‘s upcoming comeback has just been released!

The group first dropped hints of their comeback at the ‘2012 Dream Concert‘ where member Siwan acted as host. The banner posted at the concert displayed the date “201206″, indicating a comeback in June. They also posted on their official me2day on May 14th, “201206 ZE:A's comeback! Look forward to the second comeback hint!!”

The exact date of the group’s comeback has now been revealed as June 21st, 2012 KST. ZE:A will release more comeback teasers in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

Watch the second hint teaser below:

Gang Kiz releases 2nd version of “Honey Honey” MV

Posted: 18 May 2012 12:40 AM PDT

Gang Kiz has released the second version of their "Honey Honey" music video. The new MV was first broadcast on GOMTV May 18th KST.

Part one of the MV was over 7 minutes long, and followed the girls of Gang Kiz on a cinematic journey. The updated 3-minute version features more closeups of each of the members, and focuses a bit less on the plot line. T-ara‘s Hyomin is reported to have personally edited this version with director Cha Eun Taek.

Gang Kiz will debut with “Honey Honey”, from their new album ‘We Became Gang, on today’s 'Music Bank'.

Check out part one here, and the new version below.

Source: Hankooki

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon reveals the secret to maintaining her figure

Posted: 18 May 2012 12:10 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation member Taeyeon, who is currently promoting as a member of sub-unit TaeTiSeo, revealed the secret to maintaining her ideal figure.

During a recent recording for SBS E! TVTV Cult Two Show – Talking With The Stars‘, Taeyeon left her fans dumbfounded when she remarked that her secret to remaining trim was to eat instant ramen late at night.

She then explained, “But I don’t sleep after I eat,” revealing the important detail behind her secret. Taeyeon also denied rumors about Girls’ Generation eating 900 calories a day saying, “How can we possibly live off 900 calories a day?”

Netizens did not seem to be satisfied with her trick to staying slim as they responded, “Even so, how can she stay so slim when she eats instant ramen,” “She must have another trick up her sleeve,” and “I need to sleep less.

Source & Image: SportsSeoul via Nate