Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"EXO-K models for “The Face Shop”" plus 19 more

"EXO-K models for “The Face Shop”" plus 19 more

EXO-K models for “The Face Shop”

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 08:48 AM PDT

Popular South Korean skin care / cosmetics retailer The Face Shop recently picked up rookie boy group EXO-K as endorsement models.

On June 27th, The Face Shop’s official website was updated with numerous photos of the EXO-K members endorsing the Face Shop’s Chia Seed skin care cream. They’re also holding two contests where winners can win a Canon 600D DSLR camera, Face Shop merchandise, and 50 autographed EXO-K CD’s.

Check out the photos below.

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[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

2NE1 confirms “I Love You” to be their comeback title track

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 08:20 AM PDT

2NE1 has confirmed “I Love You” to be their comeback title track!

YG Entertainment previously confirmed the group’s comeback date to be July 5th through a teaser photo update on the YG-Life blog, marking the group’s first Korean comeback in nearly a year.

Bom‘s teaser photo had the phrase “I Love You” written on it, leading curious fans to speculate whether it could be the title of a new track. Although YG Entertainment is keeping silent on the questions, Star News was able to confirm that “I Love You” is indeed the name of the girls’ title track.

So far, the teaser photos of members CL, Bom, and Dara have been revealed, and anticipation for their comeback just seems to get higher and higher with each release.

2NE1′s looking ahead to a bigger summer, as right after their new album release, they’ll be holding a two-day concert in Seoul on July 28th and 29th to kick off their first world tour.

YG Entertainment stated, “2NE1′s first world tour ‘New Evolution‘ includes the participation of world famous artists like choreographer Travis Payne, who previously worked with the late Michael Jackson, and Divinity Roxx, the leader of Beyonce‘s tour band.”

Source & Image: Star News

SISTAR releases music video for “LOVING U”

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 08:00 AM PDT

The beautiful ladies of SISTAR have officially returned to heat things up for the summer with their latest release “LOVING U“.

As previously reported, the music video cost a whopping $172,000 USD and was entirely shot overseas in Hawaii. The music video features planes, famous models, the landscape of Hawaii, and of course the beautiful ladies of SISTAR.

Check out the music video below!

JYJ’s Yoochun misses his late father

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 07:29 AM PDT

JYJ‘s Yoochun recently expressed his longing for his father who passed away.

On the 22nd, Yoochun shared on his Twitter, “There is one number on my phone that will never pick up no matter how many times I call,” causing fans to speculate that he was in mourning over his father.

Yoochun then tweeted on the 26th, “When I drink alcohol, I think of him. Even though I haven’t accomplished anything, I wonder if he can hear me when I’m being noticed by the public. I feel so sorry for leaving him there by himself [when he passed away].”

He later added, “I want the tears to stop,” and “I know this is a feeling that everyone goes through in life, but how could it hurt this bad.”

His father, who suffered from a chronic illness, passed away on March 14th. At the time, the JYJ member had just completed a tour in Southeast Asia and was returning to Korea, which made him unable to reach his father’s side before he passed.

Fans responded, “I’m tearing up looking at your messages,” “I don’t what words to say to console you,” and “I’m sure [your father] will be happy knowing that you remember the happy memories you’ve shared together.”

Source + Image: Yoochun‘s Twitter

allkpop TV Guide: Big Ep. 8

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 07:02 AM PDT

Official Synopsis: 18-year-old Kang Kyung Joon's (Shin Won-Ho) spirit suddenly becomes transplanted into the body of 30-year-old Seo Yoon Jae (Gong Yoo). Seo Yon Jae is a successful doctor who is engaged to high school teacher Gil Da Ran (Lee Min Jung). Gil Da Ran just so happens to be the teacher of 18-year-old Kang Gyung Joon. More problems ensue when 30-year-old Seo Yoon Jae falls in love with another woman.

Ratings: MBC‘s ‘Light and Shadow‘ increased in ratings as it achieved a 19.2%, still holding strong in first place. SBS‘ ‘The Chaser‘ has been maintaining its success with a 13.2%. The same doesn’t hold true for KBS‘ ‘Big‘, however, as it dropped in ratings to a 7.9%.

Recap of Ep. 8: After Kyung Joon reveals Yoon Jae’s ring to Da Ran, the heartbreaking moment is interrupted by Ma Ri (miss A‘s Suzy) who threatens she’ll reveal the truth about Kyung Joon’s soul if Kyung Joon and Da Ran marry. As Ma Ri is about to tell the truth to Da Ran’s parents, the parents notice Yoon Jae’s ring on Da Ran and ask about their future marriage. However, Da Ran is still unsure about her decision and Yoon Jae’s true feelings.

Da Ran visits Kyung Joon, who is watering the plants. They start to horse around, and Da Ran’s heart begins to beat faster while she watches Kyung Joon. However, as the two dry themselves after the water fight, Da Ran notices her ring went missing. She eventually stops searching for it, making Kyung Joon angry that she gave up so easily.

Despite their fight, Kyung Joon goes to Da Ran’s house to drop off documents she had left behind. He becomes involved in the search for Choong Shik (Baek Sung Hyun), who ran away after his mother interfered during his confession to Ma Ri. Enlisting Ma Ri’s help, Kyung Joon finds Choong Shik at a spa, where he advises Choong Shik to return to his mother before it’s too late. Although Choong Shik agrees to return, both he and Kyung Joon are alarmed to hear that Ma Ri sent Da Ran away to the Seoul subway station. Da Ran looks frantically for her brother, but becomes frightened by the leering homeless men. However, Kyung Joon comes to her side, leaving abruptly and ignoring Ma Ri.

Ma Ri, sad that Kyung Joon was furious with her, revealed to Da Ran how Kyung Joon’s mother had died. After Ma Ri told Kyung Joon that he should prevent his mom from meeting her dad, who was waiting to confess to her, Kyung Joon and his mother walk into an alleyway where a man suddenly shoots Kyung Joon’s mother. Da Ran goes to Kyung Joon and comforts him with a back hug.

The next day, Da Ran searches for the ring Yoon Jae had given to her, and Kyung Joon hands it to her. Da Ran asserts that this time she is sticking by Yoon Jae’s side for good. Meanwhile, Se Young meets up with Yoon Jae’s mother and asks about the “Miracle” book. Yoon Jae’s mother explains that Yoon Jae’s father had made it. The book states that if one angel saves another angel, that angel will save another person.

As the wedding preparations move forward, Da Ran and Kyung Joon agree that by the time Kyung Joon has matured, the two will go separate ways even if the body switch hasn’t occurred. Kyung Joon drives Da Ran to the airport, where she plans to travel to China alone for their “honeymoon”. Kyung Joon is disappointed he’s left behind, until he realizes that Da Ran left her passport and plane ticket in the car. Kyung Joon purposefully arrives late, and the two agree to travel together. As Da Ran is a little flustered at the idea of a “honeymoon” with Kyung Joon, Kyung Joon experiences a moment of soul shifting. He momentarily visits his own body but returns back to Yoon Jae’s body, shocking both Da Ran and himself.


kdramacrazy's Thoughts:

[Note : This post reflects the opinions of the author, and not necessarily those of allkpop.]

Maybe the poor editing and the abrupt tonal shifts detracted from my enjoyment of the episode, but it left me a little bored, even during the hot romantic parts with Kyung Joon and Da Ran. The beginning of the episode was a little jarring to start with, from Kyung Joon’s momentous confession that he would stop liking Da Ran. Not only did it suddenly shift to a comedic tone with Ma Ri’s arrival, belittling his revelation, but it also was neglected throughout the episode as the relationship dynamic remained the same between Da Ran and Kyung Joon. Bringing me to another weakness in terms of plot. The writers have a lot to work with when it comes to the soul switching mystery, Yoon Jae’s mystery affair with Se Young (Jang Hee Jin), the romance, and the growing up, but the plot is being pulled down and dragged by with Kyung Joon asking Da Ran to marry him and Da Ran trying to deny her feelings. And although I love how Da Ran is finally maturing and gaining confidence by getting back together with Yoon Jae, I’m a little confused about where this is going to lead us again. Ultimately, even the final moment of soul switching just left me scratching my head. Yes, it seems like they’re getting closer to the moment of soul switching, but it doesn’t help us or the characters get closer to solving the mystery on their own. I was so excited that they would be returning to their bodies, especially right after the marriage, so I was a little disappointed.

But, I still like how the relationship between Kyung Joon and Da Ran is going, despite it being repetitive. I’m quite interested in how the angel story will come into play with reality. Since Yoon Jae saved Kyung Joon, I’m interested in who Kyung Joon will save. I hope that it won’t be literal like Kyung Joon saving Da Ran from an oncoming car, but more metaphorical. Because we can see how both help each other grow as Da Ran gains confidence and Kyung Joon gains the comfort and maturity he needs. And I’m going to guess that Kyung Joon and Yoon Jae are brothers or half-brothers. I would say half-brothers as they share the same father, but the mother’s reaction towards Kyung Joon is way too nice if you’re going to consider that your husband had another child with a different woman.

And although Ma Ri’s character has been annoying me, here’s some eye candy for miss A fans.

Big Bang confirms new ‘Alive Tour 2012′ dates in China

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 06:36 AM PDT

New tour dates for Big Bang‘s ‘Alive Tour 2012‘ have been confirmed!

Big Bang will be making stops in Shanghai, China on July 21st, Guangzhou on July 28th, and Beijing on August 4th.

VIPs in China can get more information about the tour stops here, and allkpop readers can keep up with updates on the tour here.

Source: Big Bang’s official Facebook
Tip: jpark595

Jo Kwon discusses what it’s like being a “variety idol”

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 06:20 AM PDT

2AM‘s Jo Kwon has definitely made a name for himself as a “variety idol”.

In an interview with OSEN, Jo Kwon was asked how he thought he compared to other variety idols such as MBLAQ‘s Lee Joon and ZE:A‘s Kwanghee. He answered, “I saw broadcasts featuring the two, but I think [that we three are of] different variety categories. When it comes to my category, there is no one who can beat me. I don’t even worry about it. When [others] request that I [dance], I do it my way, and enthusiastically dust myself off, dance, snap, and twirl; that’s all.

He continued on his variety image, explaining, “Honestly, I didn’t know I’d be called ‘Kkab Kwon’. When an opportunity arose, I simply did things the way I wanted, and suddenly one day, I was ‘Kkab Kwon’.”

“Because [my 'Kkab Kwon' act] gets in the way of ballad song promotions, there were comments saying that I should control myself more during variety shows, but I honestly didn’t know exactly why I had to do that. Because it’s just my personality. I was happy that the general public was also having fun watching me.

In other news, Jo Kwon recently released a refreshing, electronic house song titled, “I’m Da One“.

Source: OSEN via Nate
Tip: chiyuri

Han Hye Rin shares why she feels most indebted to her mother on ‘Strong Heart’

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 05:47 AM PDT

Actress Han Hye Rin shared on June 26th’s ‘Strong Heart‘ that the person she feels most indebted to is her mother.

The actress revealed, “Starting from birth, I had allergies that were so bad that I couldn’t breathe whenever I was laid down. Apparently, doctors said that I would not live.

Regardless of the devastating news, her mother refused to give up. Han Hye Rin added that her mother held her 24 hours a day. She continued tearfully, “Even when she slept, she would lean against her vanity table while carrying me on her back.

Han Hye Rin then revealed photos of her mother. The other guests commented that the two looked very similar and complimented her mother’s beauty.

On another note, Han Hye Rin also revealed that her waist size is 22 inches. Other guests who appeared on this episode are Lee Ki WooKim Bin WooYoo In YoungKim Boo SunKim Min HeeKim Do KyunYoo Sae YoonJang Dong Min, and Yoo Sang Moo.

Source & Image: Star Today via Nate

015B releases MV for “Let Me Go” feat. Postino & Maximal Ratio

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 05:20 AM PDT

015B has released the music video for the first single from their ‘Let Me Go – Remixes‘ album!

The Postino & Maximal Ratio Mix of “Let Me Go” is just one of many remixes by electronic musicians who are featured on 015B’s new ‘Let Me Go – Remixes’ album. The original track was produced, composed, and written by Jung Suk Won, and co-produced by Jang Hoil and Cho Sung Min. Bae Hajin created the art work and directed this new music video, while Jude Kim did the video work.

Read more about the remix album here, watch the original “Let Me Go” MV here, and take a listen to the new remix below.

Source: 015B official YouTube

Se7en shares a set of adorable selcas

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 04:50 AM PDT

Se7en shared a set of four adorable selcas on Twitter.

On June 26th, Se7en tweeted the above photos with the message, “YEAH~“.

In the revealed photos, the singer made cute faces for the camera, while wearing a pair of trendy aviator sunglasses.

Followers commented, “His aegyo is overflowing,” “What a cute set of pictures,” and “The sunglasses cover up half his face.”

What do you think of his look? Yeah or nah?

Source & Image: Se7en’s Twitter

Eighties singer Kim Wan Sun reveals what happened when she was late to rehearsals on ‘Win Win’

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 04:26 AM PDT

On June 26th’s ‘Win Win‘, eighties diva Kim Wan Sun revealed a bit of what happened to singers who were late to rehearsal back in the day.

MC Tak Jae Hoon questioned, “As much as you were popular, I bet there were many people who were jealous. There are stories saying that you were cocky.”

Kim Wan Sun explained, “It wasn’t because of tardiness. Back then, there was a scary PD, and if you were one minute late to rehearsal, you had to get on your knees and hold your arms up [as punishment].”

On another note, Lee Sang Won of eighties band Fire Truck, who also guested on the episode, revealed that he used to harbor feelings for Kim Wan Sun.

Source & Image: TV Daily via Nate

TaeTiSeo members impress with their beautiful legs

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 04:02 AM PDT

The three members of Girls’ Generation sub-unit TaeTiSeo impressed netizens with their beautiful legs.

The photos, recently posted to a message board, were taken during a photo shoot for United Colors of Benetton‘s animal rights campaign, ‘Be My Best Friend‘.

TaeTiSeo members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun can be seen in short gym shorts and silly hats, while member Taeyeon holds a small puppy. Fans noticed that even though the girls were not wearing heels, their legs still looked as perfect as ever.

Netizens responded, “[Their legs look amazing] even without heels,” and “They look like that even when wearing flats?”

Source: My Daily via Nate

Hangeng’s MV teaser for “Clown Mask” out

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 03:40 AM PDT

Hangeng has released the music video teaser for “Clown Mask“.

“Clown Mask” is the second single from his second Chinese solo album ‘Hope in the Darkness‘. The song is planned for release on July 3rd.

Check out the music video for his first single “Wild Cursivehere, and watch the “Clown Mask” MV teaser below.

Tip: Kris94

Sung Soo Jin from ‘K-Pop Star’ underwent cosmetic surgery?

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 03:20 AM PDT

Sung Soo Jin, who was noticed for her powerful vocals on SBS‘ ‘K-Pop Star‘, is speculated to have undergone cosmetic surgery to reduce the size of her jawline.

A photo of Sung Soo Jin and the director of ID Dentistry and Hospital, which specializes in jaw surgery, was posted on the clinic’s official website. Netizens seem certain that she received jaw surgery as comedian Kang Yoo Mi reduced her jawline at the same clinic last year.

Compared to her appearance on season one of ‘K-Pop Star’, her jawline in the latest photo is noticeably sharper and slimmer. Netizens commented, “It’s so obvious that she got her jaw done,” “She looks like a celebrity now,“I heard jawline surgery really hurts,” and more.

Source & Image: TV Report via Nate

f(x) Victoria’s tights get noticed for unique design

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 03:03 AM PDT

The members of f(x) made an appearance at the movie screening for ‘I AM: SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR in Madison Square Garden‘ to greet fans and viewers.

At the event, f(x)’s Victoria was seen wearing unique leggings that were patterned with adorable, Halloween characters. She’s not the only one whose leggings have caught the eyes of fans, however. Wonder GirlsSohee has previously been noticed for tights she wore for a “Like This” performance as well.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the look?

Source & Photo: Sports Chosun via Nate

miss A’s Jia wants to go shopping

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 02:41 AM PDT

miss A‘s Jia expressed that she wanted to do a bit of shopping.

She tweeted a photo of herself and member Fei along with the message, “I wanna go shopping,” on June 26th.

In the revealed photo, Jia is seen wearing a cute, short-sleeved t-shirt while making a silly, sullen expression. Fei, on the other hand, is wearing a green dress, while smiling for the camera. Both girls were noticed for their beautiful, wavy hairstyles and perfect, clear skin, which quickly captured the eyes of netizens.

Fans commented, “They get prettier and prettier,” “Faces that possess cuteness and purity at the same time,” and “Their facial features are very pronounced.”

Source: Jia’s Twitter

Maypole to release ‘SHINee Initial Collegiate’ t-shirt line this month

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 02:15 AM PDT

Clothing brand Maypole will be releasing a set of SHINee t-shirts under the concept “refined vintage casual”.

The ‘SHINee Initial Collegiate T-Shirt‘ line is being released for Maypole’s summer season renewal launch. The t-shirts, to be released on June 28th, are imprinted with emblems of each of the SHINee members and will come in five different colors: white, yellow-green, pink, orange, and sky blue.

A spokesperson for Maypole stated, “The ‘SHINee Initial Collegiate T-shirt’ line to be released this month is a product that also gives a glimpse of Maypole’s concept for the fall and winter seasons. Furthermore, we are planning to set up an event where customers who buy a t-shirt will receive a bromide poster of that [SHINee] member.

SHINee has been the official endorsement models for Maypole, a luxury brand targeted towards younger customers, since 2011.

Source & Image: WStar News

CeCi releases behind-the-scenes footage of B1A4 photo shoot

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 01:55 AM PDT

CeCi magazine has revealed footage from their recent photo shoot with B1A4.

The newly released ‘Bedroom Concert’ video features serenades, mini-interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage of the members during the shoot.

The exclusive clip was released for the online version of CeCi Korea’s July 2012 issue.

Source: CeCi Korea TV YouTube
Tip: elle

Hot Potato to release comeback album in October

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 01:35 AM PDT

Kim C will finally be wrapping up his solo promotions and returning to his band, Hot Potato, for a comeback in October.

This will mark the group’s first comeback in nearly two years since Kim C left to study in Germany last year. He’s since released his first solo album in March with a focus on electronic music, but is now ready to get back to the roots of Hot Potato with a new album.

Representatives revealed on June 27th, “Kim C started planning for the new album last week. He’ll be focusing on the album all summer long and has scheduled the album’s release for October.”

Although he earned widespread popularity through KBS‘ ‘1 Night 2 Days‘, he boldly left the variety show for Germany, where he spent 15 months studying and finding new musical inspiration.

For those unfamiliar with the band, Hot Potato released their mini-album ‘Seesaw‘ in 2010 and had their track “Confession” go on to be a hit. At the Korean Pop Music Awards in 2011, the group also won the ‘Song of the Year’ award.

Source + Photos: Star News via Naver

ZE:A releases preview of ‘Spectacular’ album title track, “Aftermath”

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 01:12 AM PDT

ZE:A has released a 17-second preview of the title track from their upcoming second album ‘Spectacular‘!

Though ZE:A has already released several previews of songs from ‘Spectacular’, fans have been anticipating the preview for “Aftermath” in particular ever since the announcement that it would be the album’s title track.

ZE:A’s ‘Spectacular’ album will be released on July 4th. In the meantime, listen to the “Aftermath” preview below, and let us know what you think!

Source: ZE:A’s official YouTube