Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Sandara Park & SHINee’s Minho play ping pong for Etude’s ‘COOOL Skin World Championships’" plus 19 more

"Sandara Park & SHINee’s Minho play ping pong for Etude’s ‘COOOL Skin World Championships’" plus 19 more


Sandara Park & SHINee’s Minho play ping pong for Etude’s ‘COOOL Skin World Championships’

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:34 AM PDT

Back on April 19th, Etude House revealed a poster image of their models 2NE1's Sandara Park and SHINee, as well as a teaser video for their 'COOOL Skin World Championships'.

Since then, Etude has released Day 1 and Day 2 of the Championships, where Sandara takes part in a ’110M Hurdle’, and the SHINee boys play a game of soccer. Now, Day 3 has been revealed and it features Sandara playing ping pong with SHINee’s Minho.

In the video, both Sandara and Minho are teammates playing ping pong against the Romanian team. They’re playing for so long that it causes the audience and SHINee members to fall asleep. Later in the match, the female Romanian player looks into a compact mirror which angers Sandara and in response she executes a smash hit. With the smash hit, the Sandara Park & Minho team are awarded gold medals.

The videos are an attempt to promote their new Trip Crown Precious Mineral SUN BB, which began selling on May 1st.

Tip: minglive

INFINITE reveals teaser for “The Chaser”

Posted: 10 May 2012 08:11 AM PDT

After revealing a group photo, the boys of INFINITE have now shared an official teaser for what appears to be their upcoming title track “The Chaser“.

Check out the teaser below as we patiently wait for the release of their third mini album ‘INFINITIZE‘ on May 15th.

Source & Image: INFINITE’s Official Website

JYJ’s Junsu releases “I Don’t Like Love” for “Rooftop Prince” OST

Posted: 10 May 2012 07:49 AM PDT

JYJ‘s Junsu showed his support for fellow member Yoochun by releasing a track for the ‘Rooftop Prince‘ OST!

"I Don't Like Love" is a standard slow electronic ballad track off Junsu’s solo album, and it was written by composer Jun Hae Sung who wrote "That Woman" for the hit drama series 'Secret Garden'.

With the new song, the singer once again proves that he is one of the best vocals Korea has ever seen.

Check it out below!

Tip : Jae

Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha is the female celebrity who’s best at telling dirty jokes?

Posted: 10 May 2012 07:29 AM PDT

Singer and new actress Brown Eyed GirlsNarsha revealed that she does not dislike telling dirty jokes.

Narsha guested on the May 9th broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Radio Star‘ where she opened up about her true feelings regarding being voted as the #2 celebrity best at telling dirty jokes.

When I began my variety show appearances on ‘Invincible Youth‘, my character gradually turned into the celebrity who’s best at telling dirty jokes. But that doesn’t mean I dislike it,” she said, causing the studio to burst into laughter.

Narsha had earned herself the nickname “Adult-dol” during season 1 of ‘Invincible Youth’ due to the age gap between the other members and herself. Her funny yet naughty jokes on the show caught a lot of attention from viewers.

Meanwhile, the #1 celebrity best at telling the jokes was none other than MC Shin Dong Yup, who has defended the #1 position for 15 consecutive years.

Other guests on this episode were Narsha’s drama co-stars from ‘Light and Shadow‘, Kim Hee Won and Lee Sae Chang.

Source & Image: MyDaily via Nate

Finalists from ‘Mydol’ reveal official group name, Vixx

Posted: 10 May 2012 07:00 AM PDT

The 10 contestants on Mnet‘s reality programMydol‘ have been whittled down to 6 final members who will debut under the official name Vixx.

The final members of Vixx, who is under Jelly Fish Entertainment alongside Sung Si Kyung, Seo In Guk, and Brian, were chosen through viewer votes alone, and the group’s name was decided on by votes by viewers as well.

Vixx’s debut stage will be on May 24th’s ‘M! Countdown‘, and their label mates are reported to be showing up to support the group.

Brian recently posted about Vixx on Twitter, leaving the message, “Introducing our agency’s new singers,” with the above picture.

Source + Photo: My Daily via Nate

The ages of YG’s new girl group members garner interest

Posted: 10 May 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Ever since photos of YG Entertainment‘s new girl group members have been released, fans have been showing a lot of interest in the group and especially in the members’ young ages.

What they found interesting is that the members revealed so far are all born between 1993 and 1996.

Kim Eunbi is the oldest of the group as she was born in 1993. Kim Eunbi first appeared on ‘Superstar K2‘, and made it to the top 6 with her vocal talent. Another confirmed member is Euna Kim who was born in 1994. She failed to make it to the top 10 of ‘Superstar K3‘, but impressed viewers with her overflowing talent and potential.

The other two mystery girls are actually younger than Kim Eunbi and Euna Kim. The first mystery girl whose name is Jenny Kim was born in ’96, and has been training at YG since a very young age. The second mystery girl was born in ’95, and is garnering interest for her innocent and pretty face.

YG Entertainment responded to questions about the girl group stating, “We can’t say anything yet.”

Fans are curious about the image that this new girl group of the teen generation will portray. There are speculations that YG plans to debut its new girl group sometime this coming September.

Who is the rapper featuring on Baek Ji Young’s title track?

Posted: 10 May 2012 06:00 AM PDT

On the 9th, a photo of someone recording for Baek Ji Young‘s new dance mini-album was uploaded by a staff member, leaving fans to wonder who the mysterious figure is.

The staff member posted along with the photos, “A snapshot of a rapper recording for Baek Ji Young’s title track on her new mini album ^^. Who could it be?

The photos show the mystery rapper holding his phone to read the lyrics in one hand while he held his headphone in the other. He is seen wearing a white t-shirt with skinny jeans that show off his slim figure. He appears to be focusing intensely on recording his part for the track.

Fans commented, “I wonder who it is,” “He doesn’t seem to be Ok Taecyeon,” and “Baek Ji Young is lucky to have handsome guy friends.”

On the 7th, Baek Ji Young revealed a song on her upcoming album titled “Voice” featuring Leesang‘s Gary, which has been doing well on various music charts.

Who do you think the rapper might be?

Source + Image: Naver

HaHa confesses he’s really good at cursing

Posted: 10 May 2012 05:28 AM PDT

On May 10th, entertainer and singer HaHa attracted much attention from the online community when he confessed on Twitter that he curses very well.

HaHa posted, “A lot of people ask me how I curse so well. I always cursed well! If you really want to feel it, come to Hongik University! I’ll show you at Paljah restaurant! From 34-year-old Haroro…

Followers commented, “Haha it’s nice that your curses don’t seem like curses,” “To say that you’re a cursing Haroro,” and “No matter what you say, I don’t think anybody would feel bad.

Source & Image: Haha’s Twitter + Osen

Taeyeon looks like a princess in rare selca

Posted: 10 May 2012 04:55 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation member Taeyeon proved that she doesn’t need the “ulzzang angle” to look pretty in a rare selca.

On the 10th, a photo of Taeyeon along with caption, “Taeyeon, no angle selca,” was uploaded on a portal site and has been receiving a lot of attention.

In the photo, Taeyeon accomplishes the pretty “princess” look wearing a white lace dress and a crown of flowers on her head. Fans were in awe of her classic beauty. What has fans going in particular is that the photo does not follow the trend of finding the perfect face angle.

Netizens commented, “She looks prettier than the flowers on her head,” “Is this a photo of her on the set of her MV,” and “It’s rare to find a selca of Taeyeon.”

Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun are currently promoting as TaeTiSeo with their hit song “Twinkle“.

Source + Image: Joongang via Naver

Who do middle school students want as their math and English teachers?

Posted: 10 May 2012 04:20 AM PDT

Middle school students voted on who they wanted as their math and English teachers.

Educational specialists IVYTZ held a survey from April 26th to May 6th in which a total of 1,615 middle school students participated. The results showed that Big Bang‘s T.O.P was selected as the most wanted English teacher with 562 votes (34.8%) and Yoo Jae Suk was selected as the most wanted math teacher with 426 votes (26.4%).

Out of the students who voted for T.O.P, 309 of them (61.3%) said they chose him because they thought that they would be more focused in class due to his charismatic appeal and perfect English rap skills. Following behind T.O.P was figure skater Yuna Kim with 184 votes (11.4%). She showed off her fluent English presentation skills at the Pyeongchang Olympics Promotional Event.

In third place was Girls’ Generation‘s Tiffany with 160 votes (9.9%). Fourth, fifth, and sixth place were taken by gagman Kim Young Chul (7.9%, 128 votes), Thai prince 2PM‘s Nichkhun (7.9%, 127 votes), and gagman Jung Bum Gyun (7.8%, 126 votes) respectively.

Now, who did students want to teach them the ever so difficult and frustrating subject of mathematics?

It was none other than Yoo Jae Suk, who claimed the number one spot with 426 votes (26.4%). 284 of the voters (66.7%) said their reason for their answer was that they thought he would be able to explain difficult math concepts in a easy manner with his friendly image and clever use of words.

In second place was actress Kim Tae Hee with 292 votes (18.1%). It seems that the fact that she was the top student for all 3 years at her high school, and that she was a Seoul University graduate made her a sensible choice.

In third place was “The Moon That Embraces the Sun” actor Kim Soo Hyun with 282 votes (17.5%). Lee Seung Gi,who was once the student body president, came in 4th with 233 votes (14.4%).

Consecutive International Math World Cup winner talent Kim Jung Hoon (76 votes, 4.7%), J.Y. Park (56 votes, 3.5%), and Stanford graduate Tablo (56 votes, 3.6%) followed behind.

Who would you want as teachers in your school?

Source: TV Report via Nate

TaeTiSeo wins #1 + performances from May 10th’s ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 10 May 2012 03:45 AM PDT

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

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

Pledis Entertainment‘s newest girl group, Hello Venus, made their debut with “Venus“.

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

Congratulations to TaeTiSeo for their 'M! Countdown' trophy, and to all the supportive SONEs! The girls were unable to make it to the encore stage due to their busy schedule.

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Performers tonight included Ivy, Mi, Mighty Mouth, U-KISS, Ulala Session, 4minute, SISTAR, Girl’s Day, Lee Jung Ah, B.A.P, EXO-K, BtoB, Sunny Hill and TaeTiSeo!

Check out the performances below:

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< ULALASESSION > *Debut Stage*

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A-JAX releases 2nd teaser featuring Goo Hara

Posted: 10 May 2012 03:32 AM PDT

allkpop previously reported on the mysterious video clip released by DSP Media featuring KARA‘s Hara.

It’s now known that the teaser is for a single by upcoming idol group A-JAX (formerly known by the temporary name DSP Boyz). While the first teaser featured Hara and a male narrator with a short preview of the song’s melody from a piano, this second teaser gives listeners a better insight into what kind of sound the single has in terms of vocals.

The second teaser was just posted onto DSP Media’s official Youtube channel with the title, “Hara ‘Short Movie’ Teaser 2 (Song by A-JAX)”.

Check out the new teaser below, and stay tuned for updates.

First teaser video:

Tip: vennie

A Pink returns with “Hush” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 10 May 2012 02:51 AM PDT

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

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

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

Check out their adorable performance below of “Hush” and “April 19th“, and be sure to view the rest of today’s ‘M! Countdown’ clips here.

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Hello Venus makes their debut with “Venus” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 10 May 2012 02:46 AM PDT

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

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

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

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ZE:A reveals bare faces during rehearsal for ‘Dream Concert’

Posted: 10 May 2012 02:30 AM PDT

To update fans on their whereabouts, the members of ZE:A have shared pictures straight from their rehearsal room during practice for an upcoming concert!

On May 9th, the boys updated their official me2day by posting, “Releasing the grand reveal of ZE:A’s bare faces in the practice room. We’ll practice hard and show perfectly synchronized choreography at the ’2012 Dream Concert‘! You’ll regret it if you don’t watch ‘Dream Concert’!! Please cheer for us~.”

They continued, “While we were taking pictures with the snacks we received, the other members finished off the rest of the snacks. Infinitely hungry. ZE:A.”

Their gift boxes full of snacks actually have a message written on them from fans stating, “Please eat this deliciously, and show us your synchronized choerography!”

Followers commented, “Proof shots of the fan gifts,” “Handsome even with bare faces,” and “Looking forward to the ‘Dream Concert’!”

Source + Photos: ZE:A’s Official Me2day

Han Ga In keeps her promise to DJ Choi Hwa Jung’s listeners

Posted: 10 May 2012 02:00 AM PDT

Actress Han Ga In has kept a promise she previously made to DJ Choi Hwa Jung and her viewers!

To celebrate her film, ‘Introduction to Architecture‘, reaching 3 million viewers at the box office, Han Ga In guested on SBS Power FM‘s ‘Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time‘, and kept a promise she made last March. She had previously assured that she’d be back on the show should her film exceed 3 million viewers.

Choi Hwa Jung eagerly greeted, “Goddess of loyalty, Han Ga In is here. Thank you for keeping your promise.”

Han Ga In replied, “I like to keep my promises, even if it means the sky will split. I doubted that the film would hit that many viewers, but it finally did, which is why I’m here today. I’m glad to be back on ‘Power Time’. I wanted to keep my promise so I wished desperately for the number to hit the goal, and waited for days on end to be back on with fans and listeners. I sent a text as soon as the goal was achieved. I’m so glad that something I didn’t think could happen actually became reality.”

‘Introduction to Architecture’ has currently roped in over 3.8 million viewers, making it one of the top “mellow” films in Korea.

Her agency, J Plus One, explained, “We’re firm believers in keeping promises. It’s the least an actress can do to pay back the love and support her film has received from her fans.”

Source + Photos: E-Today via Nate

‘Superstar K3′ winners Ulala Session climbs charts with debut track, “Beautiful Night”

Posted: 10 May 2012 01:31 AM PDT

Superstar K3‘s winning group Ulala Session released their debut song, and it’s been quickly climbing up music charts.

On the 10th, Ulala Session’s title track, “Beautiful Night“, from their new mini-album ‘Ulala Sensation Part 1‘ was released. Right after its release, the track reached #1 on Melon, Olleh Music and Mnet music charts.

Last March, ‘Superstar K3′ finalist Busker Busker topped music charts with their new album, leaving fans hoping fellow ‘Superstar K3′ winners Ulala Session will be just as successful.

Ulala Session’s “Beautiful Night” was produced by singer-songwriter Psy and Untitled member Yoo Kun Hyung. It delivers a refreshing melody that is sure to delight fans, and show the talents and potential of Ulala session.

Catch Ulala Session’s first performance of “Beautiful Night” on this week’s ‘M! Countdown‘.

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the group’s MV for “Beautiful Night” below.

Source + Image: Star News

Jang Geun Suk gives fan a witty response

Posted: 10 May 2012 01:00 AM PDT

Singer and actor Jang Geun Suk used informal Korean to give a fan a witty response.

On May 9th, Jang Geun Suk posted the above photo (left) and wrote, “The reply of a prince.

The photo revealed a gift from a fan and a note that read, “Jang Geun Suk, you are always proper,” in honorific Korean. Jang Geun Suk then hand wrote a reponse at the bottom of the note saying, “I know,” in informal Korea.

From a Korean perspective, Jang Geun Suk’s answer could come across as rude when taken out of context. Fortunately, Jang Geun Suk’s fans knew that this his intention was not to disrespect, but rather just a playful way to respond to a fan.

Followers commented, “As expected, Geun Suk is the best. He never lets me down,” “In some sense, it seems like you are being arrogant, but it also seems like you are being friendly,” and “A personal reply via Twitter… The fan who gave you [the gift] must be really happy.

Jang Geun Suk is currently starring in the KBS drama ‘Love Rain‘ alongside Girls’ Generation‘s YoonA.

Source: Jang Geun Suk’s Twitter

BoA’s mother reveals BoA once lost 10kg in a week due to stress

Posted: 10 May 2012 12:30 AM PDT

On the May 9th episode of SBS‘ ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘, BoA‘s mother revealed the hardships that her daughter endured when she was sent off to Japan at the tender age of 16.

BoA’s mother, Sung Young Ja, revealed, “I received a carnation from my daughter, and while we were eating, she said to me, ‘I’m always respecting you right? What special gift should I buy for you today?’”

Ever since a young age, BoA had to live away from her family to pursue her career in Japan. Sung Young Ja further revealed, “At the time, she was 16 years old. Due to the intense amount of stress she received, she was admitted into a hospital for one whole week. During that one week, she lost 22 pounds (10 kg) of her weight. I cried when I heard that.”

“Being away from her parents at a young age, I think the small and big hardships that she suffered during her stay in Japan would be many.”

Sung Young Ja commented on her daughter, “I’m always thankful for my daughter’s loving and considerate heart. We are a family that communicates by heart.”

Source + Image: Newsen via Nate

Hello Venus’ “Venus” ranks high on music charts

Posted: 10 May 2012 12:01 AM PDT

On the 9th, rookie girl group Hello Venus released their debut track, “Venus“, and has been taking music charts by storm.

“Venus” has already reached #1 on Cyworld‘s music chart, #4 on Bugs, and #8 on Mnet‘s real-time music chart.

Pledis Entertainment stated, “We are so thankful for a good response immediately after their debut. We hope that you continue to take interest in this group.”

In other news, Hello Venus is set to make their debut performance on ‘Mnet Countdown‘ on the 10th, and continue with appearances on KBS 2TV‘s ‘Music Bank‘, MBC‘s ‘Music Core‘, and SBS‘ ‘Inkigayo‘ this week.

Their title track, “Venus”, was produced by a dream team of Korea’s top producers, Jo Young Soo, Kim Tae Hyun, and Kim Eeh Na. “Venus” is a happy dance track to uplift and encourage the generation of timid youth.

Source + Image: Naver