Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Wonder Girls’ Sohee receives wine and roses for ‘Coming Of Age’ Day" plus 19 more

"Wonder Girls’ Sohee receives wine and roses for ‘Coming Of Age’ Day" plus 19 more


Wonder Girls’ Sohee receives wine and roses for ‘Coming Of Age’ Day

Posted: 22 May 2012 09:01 AM PDT

Wonder Girls member Sohee revealed a photo of the gifts she received for ‘Coming Of Age’ day.

On May 22nd, the singer shared the photo above (right) and wrote, “Wine. Rose.

Wine and roses are traditional gifts that are given to teens to ‘come of age’ on the holiday, and netizens grew curious to know who presented Sohee with the gifts.

Who gave her the flowers, and why two roses?”, they wrote, along with “Congratulations, Sohee!”, and “Sohee is an adult now.”

In related news, fellow Wonder Girls member Lim also officially became an adult on ‘Coming Of Age’ day.

Who do you think gave Sohee the gifts?

Source & Image: MoneyToday StarNews via Nate, Sohee‘s Twitter

BtoB releases MV for “Irresistible Lips”

Posted: 22 May 2012 08:24 AM PDT

On May 23rd (KST), rookie group BtoB released their Asia special edition album ‘Born TO Beat‘, beginning their full-fledged activities throughout Asia.

The Asia special edition album includes their single, “Irresistible Lips” and they’ve released the music video for it.

“Irresistible Lips” was already revealed through JTBC‘s sitcom, ‘I Live in Cheongdamdong‘, where many of the members have previously attracted much attention as they appeared as the ‘Cheongdam Invincible’ idol group.

BtoB have released their special album first in Korea on and the album will later go on sale in Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Later, it is planned that the album will sell in Malaysia, Indonesia, and China, spreading throughout Asia. On May 24th, BtoB will perform in Singapore’s Clarke Quay , appearing to their international fans on stage for the first time at the ‘Music Masters‘ global conference.

Check out their MV for “Irresistible Lips” below!

Tip: SHUN HARADA

Girls’ Generation’s Jessica wants to go on a casual date

Posted: 22 May 2012 07:57 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Jessica wants to go on a casual date just like any young lady in their 20′s would.

Jessica posed for the June issue of Elle magazine, looking as chic and stylish as ever in a black and white ensemble.

But different from her intimidating exterior appearance, the singer revealed that those that are close to her call her clumsy and sincere.

Ever since I was a young girl up until now, I have never been able to go on a blind date,” she said. “I want to go on a casual set-up date like everyone else, eating street food and spending a day at the amusement park.”

When asked if there was a side of her only she knew but others weren’t aware of, the witty Jessica responded, “It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you!”

One day the singer hopes to have a family of her own that’s as happy and full of laughter as her current family now.

Her full interview and the rest of her pictorials can be found in the June issue of Elle Magazine.

Source & Image: MyDaily via Nate

Busker Busker chosen as the musicians netizens want to meet most at a music festival

Posted: 22 May 2012 07:29 AM PDT

Busker Busker has been chosen as the musicians netizens want to meet most at a music festival.

A dating site held a poll asking its members, who range in age from 20-30, “Who is the musician you most want to meet at a May fesitval?” Busker Busker claimed the top spot with 41% of the votes (365 out of 890). In second place with 36% (320) of the votes was performer Psy, while DJ DOC‘s Kim Jang Hoon followed in third.

In related news, participants voted Yeosu Expo as the festival they most want to attend, and chose the World DJ Festival as their second in line.

Source + Photo: Maeil Gyungjae via Naver

T-ara releases “Round and Round” MV

Posted: 22 May 2012 07:06 AM PDT

T-ara has released a new music video for their remake of old-school singer Nami‘s “Round and Round“.

The remake was originally released in August of 2011 as an intended follow-up to “Roly Poly“, but “Cry Cry” was chosen in favor of the 80s remake. ”Round and Round” is now being included in a project album called ‘Sonata 2012: 33 Songs Selected by T-ara – High School Days‘.

The album will feature 33 tracks selected by T-ara, including songs by Davichi, Jo Sung Mo, SG Wannabe, Nam Gyuri, Yangpa, and the members of T-ara themselves. It’s planned for release on May 23 KST.

Check out the music video below.

Source: Yes24
Tip: Jae

Simon Curtis posts snapshot with Girls’ Generation Sooyoung and Jessica from ‘SMTOWN’

Posted: 22 May 2012 06:40 AM PDT

American actor and singer-songwriter Simon Curtis, who previously revealed he was a fan of Girls’ Generation, posted a photo he took with Jessica and Sooyoung from the recent ‘SMTOWN‘ concert in Los Angeles.

Simon Curtis attended the concert on the 20th, and tweeted a number of updates about meeting the girls. He posted of his favorite Girls’ Generation member, “I <3 Sooyoung. Such a fantastic night tonight,“I literally just spoke to Sooyoung I am dying,” and ”Sooyoung can speak English really well too actually.“ He also updated, “GG (Girls’ Generation) was so amazing. I can’t breathe.

Source + Image: Simon Curtis’ Twitter

Lee Joon melts hearts with his photoset for ‘I Need a Fairy’

Posted: 22 May 2012 06:10 AM PDT

MBLAQ‘s Lee Joon melted the hearts of viewers and fans when a set of photos were revealed for the upcoming episodes of the sitcom ‘I Need a Fairy‘.

Lee Joon plays the role of a tough senior trainee within fictional agency 2H Entertainment. However, he falls in love at first sight with Hwang Woo Seul Hye‘s character, Chae Hwa, and tries to win her heart.

The idol reveals a set of three different charms in the photos. In the first, Lee Joon shows a warm, gentle smile, while in the second photo, he is using his aegyo to try and capture Chae Hwa’s heart. In the final photo, Lee Joon shows his tougher side by grabbing her arm.

Netizens commented, “Lee Joon’s so charming,” “Lee Joon is so funny,” and “His smile is so pretty.

Source + Image:  Chosun via Naver

Lee Hyori to meet fans as an author

Posted: 22 May 2012 05:40 AM PDT

Lee Hyori will meet fans for the first time not as a singer or entertainer, but rather as an author.

According to online bookstore Interpark Books, a “meet the author” event will be held at Seoul Welcome Theater on June 18th to honor the publication of Lee Hyori’s first essay book ‘Closer.’

Lee Hyori will meet with 120 lucky Interpark readers at the event, where the iconic figure and all-star entertainer will share honest stories of her everyday life.

Fans may register for the “meet the author” event by writing their reasons for wanting to attend on the InterPark Books event site by June 14.

On the cover of ‘Closer’ is Lee Hyori with her adopted dog Soonshim. In the book, Lee Hyori discusses various animal rights issues as well as other personal topics. ‘Closer’ is expected to come out in stores May 24.

Source: Star News via Nate

Dal Shabet to return in June with first full-length album

Posted: 22 May 2012 05:10 AM PDT

It’s been four months since Dal Shabet‘s promotions for “Hit U“, and now the group is reported to be making a comeback next month with their first full-length album.

Happy Face Entertainment stated on May 22 that Dal Shabet will hold a showcase in celebration of the album’s release on June 5 at Seoul’s CGV Cinecity’s M Cube. A representative from the agency stated, “We’ve prepared the showcase in secret with their comeback in sight. Rather than a deluxe showcase, we plan to make it full of content.”

The upcoming album is reported to 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 will feature a brighter side of Dal Shabet.

The label representative described, “It’s a song that has a melody that’s bright and fun to fit in with summer. It’s definitely noticeable that it has a different appeal than the sexy concept of ‘Hit U’.”

Dal Shabet’s first full-length album will be released on June 7.

Source + Photo: Star News
Tip: eungelic

Lim Jae Bum to make a comeback in July with 6th album

Posted: 22 May 2012 04:40 AM PDT

After eight years, Lim Jae Bum is finally working on a new album. The singer is expected to release his 6th album this coming July. On an online bulletin, a picture was uploaded with the caption “Lim Jae Bum captured recording in his studio”, attracting a lot of attention.

Lim Jae Bum can be seen with a new hairstyle, which gives him a softer and slimmer image than before. He’s reported to have collaborated with the program ‘I Am a Songwriter‘, which is currently being run by composer Kim Hyung Seok, and is expected to write the lyrics in the upcoming album himself.

On the K-note site, a video was uploaded of Lim Jae Bum working on his new album. In the video, he and Kim Hyung Seok are listening to a song they composed together.

Check out the full clip below:

Last year, the singer appeared on MBC‘s ‘I Am a Singer 1‘ and ‘Saddle the Wind‘, and recently, he released a song for the ‘Equator Man‘ OST, but he has not made an appearance on any shows, increasing the anticipation of fans for this particular album.

Source + Photos: Star Today via Naver

2PM’s Wooyoung and 2AM’s Jo Kwon to release solo albums this summer!

Posted: 22 May 2012 04:17 AM PDT

2PM‘s Wooyoung and 2AM‘s Jo Kwon are reported to be releasing solo albums this coming summer. The two close friends will face each other on stage as the representatives of two of the hottest groups in K-Pop.

Wooyoung’s solo debut rumor has been circulating among fans since the beginning of the year. He also once hinted in a tweet, “We shall surprise the world soon, peekaboo! I'll stop here for today~ Good night,” with a photo of himself and 2PM’s Junsu working together in a studio. After the photo was uploaded, fans speculated whether Wooyoung and Junsu would be forming a unit group.

Wooyoung will be the second member of 2PM to have a solo debut after Junsu released his solo debut track, “Alive“, last October.  According to music industry professionals, Wooyoung has been one of the members of 2PM with the largest fandom, and has often been praised by J.Y.Park to have the “talents and ability of a true singer, and the best performance out of all the members.”

2AM’s Jo Kwon has released a solo track before in the beginning of July, 2010. Jo Kwon’s digital single, “The Day of Confessing My Love“, was made for his “wife”, Brown Eyed Girl‘s Ga In, when the two were a couple on MBC‘s ‘We Got Married Season 2‘. It has been around 2 years since his first solo activity, and many are anticipating the singer to sweep the music charts, just like he did with “The Day of Confessing My Love.”

Wooyoung and Jo Kwon, who are both born in 1989, were trainees at JYP Entertainment for a long time, and have shown a close friendship. Many fans have been excited about the announcement of both solo albums, and are anticipating what kind of music both talented singers will bring to the K-Pop world. This will be an exciting battle as the two hottest “brother groups” will battle each other out with their “ace” members, Jo Kwon and Wooyoung.

Source + Photos: Star News via Nate

Big Bang Seungri’s ‘Still Alive’ teaser image revealed!

Posted: 22 May 2012 03:40 AM PDT

Big Bang has just revealed the teaser image of Seungri for the group’s upcoming new album 'Still Alive — Special Edition'!

Like the first teaser image of G-Dragon, the picture posted on the official Big Bang Facebook is simply an image of Seungri’s outfit without the member himself.

The ‘Still Alive’ album and an accompanying music video is scheduled to be released on June 3rd.

Stay tuned to allkpop for updates.

Source: Big Bang's Facebook
Tip: Joycee.x

Son Dam Bi looks stunning in a bright pink dress

Posted: 22 May 2012 03:15 AM PDT

Son Dam Bi‘s eye-catching outfit at Jung Jun Ha‘s wedding is attracting a lot of attention.

On May 20, the star was spotted at the comedian’s wedding to his longtime girlfriend nicknamed “Nemo”, who is ten years his junior. Son Dam Bi donned a pink mini-dress with a fashionable necklace and gladiator heels. She also flaunted her excellent sense of style by color-blocking a white handbag with her pink dress.

Netizens who saw the photos commented, “She’s so pretty. The dress looks really good on her,” “From her face to her body, everything is perfect,” and “She looks good in anything.

Source & Image: Korea Daily via Naver

‘K-Pop Star’ contestants Lee Ha Yi, Lee Michelle, and Lee Seung Hoon sign with YG Entertainment

Posted: 22 May 2012 02:45 AM PDT

Survival Audition: K-Pop Star‘ contestants Lee Ha Yi, Lee Michelle, and Lee Seung Hoon have signed with YG Entertainment.

YG Entertainment posted the news on their official website, along with a statement that two other contestants have signed with them as well. They stated, “The last two members are planned to be revealed as a surprise.

In related news, other ‘K-Pop Star’ contestants, Park Ji Min, Baek Ah Yeon, and Park Jae Hyung signed with JYP Entertainment, while SM Entertainment revealed they would not be casting any of the contestants from the show.

Source + Image: Osen
Tip: SOLvip, S.Lee

B.A.P Youngjae, Jongup, and Zelo’s hair colors look like neapolitan ice cream?

Posted: 22 May 2012 02:14 AM PDT

On May 21, rookie group B.A.P‘s Youngjae, Jongup, and Zelo tweeted a new selca comparing their hair colors to Neapolitan ice cream.

The above photo was posted with the message, “Hello everyone. I am ‘vanilla’ flavored Youngjae. I am currently getting ready to go to ‘Hong Jin Kyung’s 2:00‘ with my fellow ‘choco’ and ‘strawberry’ flavored friends.

The three members of B.A.P prepared by wearing cosmetic facial masks before the radio show (Often times, radio shows will have webcams for online streaming.). With the three members side by side, their unique hair colors look like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream on top of shaved ice.

Fans commented, “I’m suddenly craving ice cream…,” “The mask packs make them look more like ice cream,” and “I wonder who first noticed this?!

Source + Photo: B.A.P Youngjae’s Twitter

Comedian Jung Jun Ha loses 10kg for his wedding

Posted: 22 May 2012 01:45 AM PDT

Jung Jun Ha surprised fans by losing 10kg (22lbs) in just one month for his wedding day.

On the May 21st broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Feel Good Day‘, cameras followed the comedian’s press conference on location at the site of his wedding. Jung Jun Ha surprised reporters by appearing with a much slimmer figure.

He stated, ”Doesn’t it look like I’ve become skinnier? I exercised really hard, and went on a diet and lost 10kg (22lbs) for this day. I wanted to show off my slender figure so I didn’t even have a drop of water yet,” shocking everyone at the scene with his determination.

When a reporter at the press conference asked, “What was the reaction of the bride, ‘Nemo’, [to your weight loss]?” Jun Ha replied, “She told me I was handsome,” with a blissful smile.

Source & Image: Newsen via Daum

JJ Project’s “Bounce” MV ranks high on worldwide YouTube charts

Posted: 22 May 2012 01:15 AM PDT

The music video for “Bounce“ from JYP Entertainment‘s new rookie duo JJ Project has been getting an enormous amount of attention worldwide.

Soon after its release on May 20, the MV reached #4 Most Liked, #10 Most Viewed, #7 Most Discussed, and #4 Most Favorited video worldwide on YouTube. In South Korea, JJ Project’s debut music video ranked #1 on all four charts. JJ Project’s debut album also recently hit #10 on iTunes‘ ‘Top Dance Album‘ chart as well.

Members JB and Jr. liven up their classroom in the ”Bounce” MV, showing a funky and colorful performance that makes viewers want to bounce and shake along with them.

A representative from 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. We ask for your continued love and interest.”

Congratulations, JJ Project! Make sure to check out JJ Project’s debut stage on ‘Mnet Countdown‘ on the 24th, and catch the music video below if you missed it.

Source + Image: Naver, Star News via Nate

Kim So Hyun is frustrated at JYJ’s Yoochun for not keeping his promise?

Posted: 22 May 2012 12:45 AM PDT

Kim So Hyun, who stars on SBS‘ ‘Rooftop Prince‘ with JYJ‘s Yoochun, jokingly expressed her frustration at Yoochun for not keeping his promise to take her out to a meal.

On May 21st, the young actress posted the above photo (left) and wrote, “I am about to lose my mind because of Yoochun oppa’s tweet. What is it with all these words. From now on, I am going to punish you if you say you’re going to buy me food! Especially since I never get to eat,” referring to her character in the drama series.

Yoochun previously posted to his co-star’s Twitter, “So Hyun, let’s eat food together later. Bye ♥,” to which So Hyun replied, “You’ve already said you would buy me food so many times… I think I’m going to starve to death waiting.” Yoochun responded, “Oh my! I did! I am sorry… After this project’s finished, let’s get some sweet and fresh tuna, watermelon stew. Let’s work hard together during filming! I’m always cheering you on!”

Followers who saw their adorable conversation commented, “I am so jealous,” “He’s so nice to female dongsaengs,” and “Will he be nice to me if I were 14-years-old too?

Source: Yoochun’s Twitter, So Hyun’s Twitter, and Sports Chosun

HyunA plans on being a more responsible adult

Posted: 22 May 2012 12:16 AM PDT

Twenty days prior to Coming of Age Day, HyunA revealed her plans now that she’s become a legal adult (20) in South Korea.

HyunA stated, “I want to become a more mature adult, and carry out my duties responsibly.” She went on, ”I was surprised that my parents wanted to celebrate Coming of Age day… Rather than doing things I haven’t done before, I want to focus on doing things more confidently.

When asked if she received any gifts for Coming of Age Day, she answered, “I received flowers, perfume, and a bag from my fans.” She also added, “I want to celebrate the day with my members in a cafe.

In related news, the girls of 4minute have wrapped up activities for their 3rd mini-album ‘Volume Up‘, and are planning to focus more on solo and overseas activities.

Source & Photo: Hankooki via Nate

Mighty Mouth’s Shorry J looks tiny next to Choi Hong Man

Posted: 21 May 2012 11:50 PM PDT

A hilarious photo of Mighty Mouth‘s Shorry J and Choi Hong Man at Comedian Jung Jun Ha‘s wedding is becoming a hot topic.

On the 20th, Mighty Mouth member Sangchu shared on his Twitter, “Jun Ha Hyung’s wedding ceremony! Shorry J and Hong Man hyung! Let’s hope Shorry J grows a lot!”

Netizens could not help but focus on the height difference between to the two stars. According to their official profiles, Choi Hong Man stands at 217 cm (~7’1″) and Shorry J is 168 cm (~5’5″). Standing next to the giant Choi Hong Man, Shorry J looked shorter than his normal height.

Followers responded, “Rather than the height difference, the difference in their face sizes is even more amazing,” “Giant and dwarf concept,” and “Shorry J’s height embarrassment.”

Many other stars, including entertainers Yoo Jae SukKang Ho Dong, and Yoon Jong Shin, gathered to attend Jung Jun Ha’s wedding.

Source + Image: Sangchu‘s Twitter, Nate