- Fans celebrate SS501′s 7th anniversary
- Korean-Chinese-Japanese boy group CROSS GENE reveals debut MV, “La-Di Da-Di”
- Kim Hyun Joong breaks first day record for most Weibo followers
- 015B idolized by K-pop stars
- Jang Geun Suk shares selcas from his stay in Japan
- allkpop TV Guide: Big Ep. 2
- Crown J to hold comeback showcase at Club Phantom with new tracks
- ‘Superstar K4′ auditions in LA & NY this weekend
- Big Bang confirms Los Angeles and New York City as stops for ‘Alive Tour 2012′
- Matoki introduces bunny Kekemato with B.A.P member Daehyun
- f(x)’s ‘Electric Shock’ album covers out + sneak peek of Amber and Luna’s teaser photos from ‘M! Countdown’
- INFINITE wins #1 + performances from June 7th’s ‘M! Countdown’!
- Dal Shabet returns with “Mr. Bang Bang” on ‘M! Countdown’!
- Juniel makes her debut with “Illa Illa” on ‘M! Countdown’!
- U-KISS says to “Believe” on ‘M! Countdown’!
- Tony An rocks ’90s fashion for ‘Respond 1997′
- Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung shares her thoughts on Jessica’s baseball pitch
- Dal Shabet releases “Mr. Bang Bang” rehearsal footage from showcase
- Defconn and Jung Hyung Don greet INFINITE with 90 degree bows
- Ji Hyun Woo becomes a staff member for last episode of ‘Queen Inhyun’s Man’
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 08:48 AM PDT
Triple S across the globe are celebrating the seventh anniversary of group SS501.
SS501 who performed their very first music stage with “Warning / Everything” through KMTV‘s Show! Music Tank back on June 8th of 2005 are celebrating their 7th anniversary today.
Although the group members are focused on their solo activities and under different agencies, much like Shinhwa, fans are patiently waiting for the day they can return together as one.
In celebration, fans are trying to trend the hashtag #Happy7thSS501.
For a trip down memory lane, you can watch their debut stage from 7 years ago below.
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 08:08 AM PDT
New rookie boy idol group CROSS GENE released their debut music video, “La-Di Da-Di“.
The group is comprised of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese members like Shin Won Ho, who has made himself known through his appearances in various dramas and CFs, model/actor Takuya, who also starred in the Asia special of the variety show ‘Dream Team‘, and four others, Casper, Sangmin, J.G., and Yongsuk.
Their name stands for the group’s ability to “cross the superior genes of each country to create one perfect group.”
Check out their debut music video below!
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 07:55 AM PDT
To help communicate more with his international fans, Kim Hyun Joong recently opened a Weibo account, (Chinese Twitter). After Kim Hyun Joong opened his account on June 6th, his Weibo account experienced a surge of followers.
Kim Hyun Joong has been gathering a large fan base in China after his dramas, ‘Boys Over Flowers‘ and ‘Playful Kiss‘, in addition to his album activities and fanmeetings. His popularity was only emphasized with his Weibo followers, which reached over 230,000 in just one day.
Up until now, Japanese AV star Aoi Sola had the record for most Weibo followers on the first day of opening an account, with 220,000. National star Jang Geun Suk almost broke that record as he had 210,000 followers on the first day. Now, Kim Hyun Joong holds the record, showing off his explosive popularity.
For his Chinese followers, Kim Hyun Joong posted a never before seen photo and an autograph, in addition to a behind-the-scenes making video,
In related news, Kim Hyun Joong will be meeting his international fans through his 2012 fanmeeting tours. He will hold a fanmeeting in Shanghai, China on June 9th.
Source: Newsen via Nate
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 07:28 AM PDT
JYJ‘s Yoochun also stated during an interview, “I plan to release a solo album sometime in the future. I want to make a 015B-style album.“ Big Bang‘s G-Dragon has also chosen 015B as one of his favorite music acts.
015B is a group known for their diverse genre of music. They’ve been receiving a lot of love for the past twenty years, and their music ranges from heartbreaking love songs to songs criticizing human society, which are both topics many listeners can relate to.
015B’s agency stated, “015B has been receiving a lot of respect from fellow musicians. They will release a new single every two months as well as actively put on great live performances.”
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 06:58 AM PDT
Actor Jang Geun Suk shared a series of selcas from his stay in Japan, updating fans on his current whereabouts as well as his relaxing time spent overseas.
The actor smiles brightly as he poses in different locations around Japan. One photo in particular shows Jang posing next to a fan who is holding his album "Just Crazy", which was released just last week.
Netizens have also taken notice of the actor's street fashion as well, complimenting the actor's unique sense of style that does justice to his nickname as "Korea’s national fashionista."
Fans commented, "His charisma is unstoppable," and "He surely is a true fashionista."
Source + Photo: Jang Geun Suk’s Twitter
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 06:27 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 (miss A's Suzy).
Ratings: Ratings for KBS‘s ‘Big‘ were better than last week with an increase of .5% to a 7.9% rating, nearing closer to SBS‘s ‘THE CHASER‘, which experienced an increase of ratings to 9.8%. Meanwhile, MBC‘s ‘Light and Shadow‘ achieved a 21.3% rating, holding onto the crown. With ‘Big’ establishing its ground this week, let’s see if its ratings steadily improve and capture the hearts of viewers.
Recap of Ep. 2: Da Ran tries to rush Kyung Joon, stuck in Yoon Jae’s body, to the hospital to switch their souls. Kyung Joon calmly explains that the only conclusion a hospital visit would be Kyung Joon, Kyung Joon’s body, and Da Ran being locked in a mental hospital. After Kyung Joon explains the soul-switching situation with robots and cups, Da Ran appeals to Kyung Joon to keep Yoon Jae’s body safe and healthy, replacing Kyung Joon’s junk food with healthy food. However, Kyung Joon ignores her request and resorts to eating pizza. The aftermath: Kyung Joon running manically to Da Ran who’s at school and showing off his chest/back to peeping teachers as he suffers from hives due to an allergic reaction.
After Kyung Joon is treated by the school nurse, Da Ran begins crying at the broken reputation of her fiance within the school. Feeling a bit bad, Kyung Joon goes to the hospital to visit his body, but encounters the hospital patients, staff, and even Da Ran’s father, who greet him warmly to his confusion. While Kyung Joon realizes Yoon Jae was a doctor at the hospital, Da Ran rushes to the hospital after his father confusedly wonders why “Yoon Jae” hadn’t responded to his greeting. After Kyung Joon and Da Ran finally meet up, Kyung Joon is about to grab Da Ran’s hand when he remembers latching onto Yoon Jae’s hand during the accident. Kyung Joon grabs his body’s hand in hopes to have their souls switched, but to the disappointment of both Kyung Joon and Da Ran, nothing occurs.
Before Kyung Joon can leave the hospital room, he meets his uncle and aunt, who frantically ask whether “Kyung Joon” would wake up. Crushed after hearing his family hoping that the Kyung Joon who’s in a coma doesn’t become a burden, Kyung Joon brushes off Da Ran’s sympathy. When he arrives home, he notices a bag of dumplings and his old belongings, including his wallet with the photo of the cupids in it that Da Ran had left behind.
As Da Ran tries to explain why “Yoon Jae” had seemed to not recognize her father and brother, Da Ran’s mother quickly invites Yoon Jae for dinner. Although the dinner does go smoothly, with a few bumps in between, Da Ran’s parents are a bit perturbed by “Yoon Jae’s” unusual behavior.
Da Ran brings Kyung Joon over to Yoon Jae’s house to pack some clothes for him. Kyung Joon marvels at Yoon Jae’s chocolate abs (while us female viewers marvel along with him), making Da Ran feel a little doubtful that Yoon Jae had the time to make those abs when he was supposedly unable to meet up with her.
Se Young, Yoon Jae’s female colleague, (Jang Hee Jin) calls and asks to meet up with him. Kyung Joon heads out alone, and to his surprise, Se Young runs up and hugs him. While Kyung Joon tries to fend her off, Se Young confesses “I love you,” and Da Ran comes out of the apartment. Kyung Joon puts two and two together, muttering, “Seo Yoon Jae, that bastard.” (Took the words out of my mouth.)
[Note : This post reflects the opinions of the author, and not necessarily those of allkpop.]
I love how the Hong sisters are interweaving the emotional parts with their trademark hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments (and our shared love for chocolate abs), despite the uneven tonal shifts. ‘Big’ has a more distinctive tone as many of their previous works have focused on the transformation of the selfish, conceited person to a kind, caring human (e.g. Cha Dae Woong in ‘My Girlfriend is a Gumiho‘ and Dok Go Jin in ‘The Greatest Love‘). Although I enjoyed their characters and all the hijinks that came with their transformations, I love the more subtle and emotional transformation that Kyung Joon will face. Although Kyung Joon is already quite mature for his age, he needs to learn the special meaning of human relationships, both in the family setting and romantically, the true stage of ‘growing up’. And I could already see that coming with Da Ran’s care and kindness as well as her family (emphasized with the metaphor of the collection of rocks).
What detracted from my enjoyment was Da Ran. I’m worried about our rocky relationship, which might consist of me wanting to shake Da Ran’s shoulders to crush her innocent love and thoughts about Yoon Jae. With Da Ran’s emotional dependency on Yoon Jae, her dismissals of Yoon Jae not loving her, I’m afraid it’ll take her too long and too much of an effort to drag her out to face the harsh image of Yoon Jae. Although I love her optimistic and energetic personality, a nice chemistry balance with Kyung Joon’s cool image, I hope she isn’t as naive as she proved to be in the last portion of the episode.
And Gong Yoo, welcome back with your chocolate abs and wonderful acting. He truly heightened the chemistry between Kyung Joon and Da Ran, and his portrayal of Kyung Joon, a teenager acting mature and in control, is spot on. His acting talent truly spoke out when he switched characters so easily and told Da Ran “I love you” as Yoon Jae. Although the character switching between Yoon Jae and Kyung Joon confused me a bit in the beginning, I’m quite interested in how it will develop the romantic relationship between Kyung Joon and Da Ran with the melding of characters/emotions.
While we wait for the new episode (and miss A fans wait for Suzy‘s first appearance), enjoy the eye candy.
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 05:56 AM PDT
Rapper Crown J has announced that he will be resuming his music activities with a comeback showcase.
Having spent years embroiled in lawsuits involving the possession of marijuana as well as alleged assault, Crown J is looking to redeem his image with a comeback stage at Club Phantom in Shinsa-dong with brand new songs.
Titled “You Can’t Follow Me“, “B.R.B.”, and “Money in the Sky“, the songs will be included in his upcoming comeback digital album scheduled for release next month.
The showcase will be held on June 9.
Source + Photos: X Sports News via Naver
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 05:26 AM PDT
Mnet‘s ‘Superstar K4‘ has hit the ground running and is making its way to the United States this weekend. However, do not be discouraged if ‘Superstar K4′ auditions are not being held in your vicinity. This year, ‘Superstar K4′ is providing four different audition methods so that people all around the world can participate.
Method 1: On-Site Auditions
Hopeful applicants can audition at any of the program’s on-site auditions. This year’s US auditions will take place in Los Angeles and New York. The Los Angeles auditions will be at the Hollywood Musicians Institute Concert Hall on Saturday, June 9th. The New York auditions will be at the Best Buy Theater on Sunday, June 10th.
To avoid the long registration line, complete the registration form at superstark.mnet.com before the day of auditions.
Those who pass the first audition round will be called back for a second audition. Passing the second round will take you to Superweek in South Korea. There, the Top 10 contestants will be chosen to compete on the live broadcast show.
Method 2: Global UCC Special Preliminary Auditions
This UCC audition method allows for both local and foreign residents to participate in the auditions. The Global UCC Special Preliminary auditions are held on the ‘Superstar K’ official website (superstark.mnet.com). Upload your UCC audition video to Youtube and post the URL on the ‘Superstar K’ website.
Those who receive callbacks through this method will have their second auditions in Korea on July 7-8. Passing this round will earn you a spot in Superweek as well.
Method 3: Kakao Talk Plus Friends
Applicants may audition through the mobile phone application Kakao Talk. First, add Mnet Plus (엠넷슈퍼스타K) as your friend and type “Apply” in the chat room. Follow the instructions and complete your application.
Method 4: USTREAM Webcam Auditions
The final audition method is through USTREAM. Applicants can audition in real time through webcam auditions on the ‘Superstar K’ USTREAM website (ustream.tv/mnet-superstark).
‘Superstar K’ will be providing plane tickets and accomodations for applicants who make it to Superweek and/or the second round of the Global UCC Special Preliminary auditions.
The first episode of ‘Superstar K4′ will broadcast on Friday, August 17.
Source: CJ Entertainment
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 04:54 AM PDT
Fans in Los Angeles, California and New York, New York can start saving their money as the two locations have now been added to the list of 25 cities and 16 countries around the globe that Big Bang will be travelling to.
Stay tuned for more updates on ‘Alive Tour 2012′.
Source + Photos: Big Bang’s Facebook
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 04:24 AM PDT
Member Daehyun has been paired up with the bunny Kekemato, who wears an intimidating black suit because she claims to be too pretty to be a warrior.
Watch the clip for Daehyun’s Kekemato and the Matoki bunnies’ ‘Earthventure‘ series below, and stay tuned for the release of member Zelo‘s bunny.
Source + Photo: Official Matoki Facebook
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 03:55 AM PDT
‘Electric Shock’ will include six tracks in total, and will be the group’s first album release since 2011′s ‘Hot Summer‘. The mini-album will be available for download on music portals and iTunes worldwide on June 10 and in stores on June 13 KST.
Source + Photos: leesmusic
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 03:39 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, U-KISS made their return with a track off their special album titled “Believe“.
Girl group Dal Shabet also held their comeback stage with their catchy tune titled “Mr. Bang Bang“.
Lastly, rookie singer Juniel made an outstanding debut with her title track “Illa Illa“.
Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between Baek Ji Young and INFINITE, but in the end, it was INFINITE who clinched the win tonight with "The Chaser“!
Congratulations to INFINITE on their 'M! Countdown' trophy!
Performers tonight included Baek Ji Young, Heo Young Saeng, INFINITE, G.NA, A Pink, M.I.B, MYNAME, 50kg, B.A.P, EXO-K, JJ Project, A-JAX, VIXX, and Hyungdon & Daejun!
Check out the performances below:
< JJ Project >
< A-JAX >
< EXO-K >
< VIXX >
< Heo Young Saeng >
< MYNAME >
< B.A.P >
< Hyungdon & Daejun >
*Video coming soon!*
< 50kg >
*Video coming soon!*
< G.NA >
< B1A4 >
< M.I.B >
< A Pink >
< Baek Ji Young >
*Video coming soon!*
< INFINITE >
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 03:21 AM PDT
Dal Shabet announced their comeback with a fierce new album and music video!
The girls released their first formal album on June 6 as well as the music video to their title song, "Mr. Bang Bang".
The song has a bright and cheerful melody as well as a catchy chorus that are sure to hook listeners immediately.
The girls of Dal Shabet took the stage on today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘ to perform their catchy title track. Check it out below, and the rest of today’s performances here!
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 03:15 AM PDT
Juniel has co-composed 3 out of the 5 tracks on 'My First June'. She has previously garnered attention as a singer-songwriter ever since she won first place on the Japanese version of 'American Idol', 'Niji Iro Supernova', in 2010.
Check out Juniel’s amazing debut stage below, along with her special song with CNBLUE’s Yonghwa, and be sure to view the rest of today’s performances here!
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 03:08 AM PDT
Idol group U-KISS, who made their return to the music industry after releasing their sixth mini-album 'DORA DORA' back in April of 2012, has just dropped their first special album, 'The Special to KissMe'.
Their title song "Believe" is an upbeat, exciting track that displays the members' unique musical styles as well as their growth. The lyrics sing of a man determined to change so that the woman he loves will no longer be hurt by his actions.
Check out U-KISS’ performance of “Believe” below, and be sure to watch the rest of today’s performances here!
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 02:42 AM PDT
Tony An shared a photo of himself dressed in ’90s style fashion.
The singer and CEO of TN Entertainment recently shared the photo above on his official Twitter page with the message, “I filmed a sitcom called ‘Respond 1997‘ today. It was a cameo appearance, and I think it’ll be fun to reminisce as the story takes place in 1997. I feature in the show as a H.O.T member. Ta da. It’s been a really long time since I’ve worn hip hop pants.”
Tony’s fashion in the photo reminded fans of his good ol’ H.O.T days, and they responded to his photo saying, “Ah, reminds me of the H.O.T days,” “I haven’t seen those pants in a while,” “Looking forward to your cameo,” and more.
Source & Image : Tony An’s Twitter
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 02:11 AM PDT
On the June 6th broadcast of SBS‘s ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘, MCs Sooyoung and Yoon Do Hyun analyzed recent baseball pitches made by celebrities.
As they were looking through a variety of opening pitches, Jessica’s pitch also showed on screen. Jessica had a perfect pitching stance and a powerful throw, but the baseball ended up landing only a few feet away from her. As to not interfere with the baseball game, she was only given one chance for the opening pitch and unfortunately had to step off the mound.
Jessica’s pitch became a very hot topic, and several parodies were made. One parody features an explosion going off after the ball hits the ground.
In response to Jessica’s pitch, Sooyoung humorously commented, “This is the kind of pitch that probably won’t happen within this decade again. I’m proud that we’re members [of the same group].”
Source & Image: Newsen
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 01:40 AM PDT
The music video for “Mr. Bang Bang“ was shown for the first time during the event, and Happy Face Entertainment has now released footage of the group rehearsing their new track before their showcase.
Dal Shabet will be making a comeback on today’s ‘M! Countdown‘ so stay tuned, and watch the rehearsal footage below.
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 01:10 AM PDT
The popular MCs from ‘Weekly Idol‘ Jung Hyung Don and Defconn, who have recently formed a duo, will be making their first music program appearance on ‘M! Countdown‘ after topping charts and receiving much attention with their new album. With the broadcast coming up soon, the duo, ‘Hyung Don and Dae Joon‘, went backstage with the Mnet crew to help showcase the examples of good and bad rookie group manners.
One sunbae group they met backstage while preparing for the show was INFINITE. Defconn tweeted, “One shot with INFINITE sunbae, whom we’ve met after a long while!! It turns out they’ve already listened to our songs! They said they really enjoyed them and encouraged us to work hard,” while sharing the picture above.
Although Jung Hyung Don and Defconn, who is a senior as a solo artist, are much older than the members of INFINITE, they are seen greeting with a deep bow as they’re a new team to the scene.
‘M! Countdown’ later explained that ‘Hyung Don and Dae Joon’ were demonstrating both good and bad examples of rookie group manners. The photo posted is definitely an example of good manners from a rookie group.
Although staged, the pictures still brought laughter to fans as they commented, “Hyung Don-nim seems to be laughing there,” “Hahaha, INFINITE seems to be caught in a bit of an awkward situation there. Hyung Don and Dae Joon fighting! INFINITE fighting,” and “Perfect rookie group manners!”
Posted: 07 Jun 2012 12:40 AM PDT
In the revealed photos, Ji Hyun Woo, who had already completed filming his scenes, helped out as a staff member. He was captured holding a film slate, lending a hand for the last scenes of the drama.
In particular, Ji Hyun Woo also personally wrote some information on the clapperboard such as, “Camera #2, #3′s obvious angle“, as well as comments to the staff members that read, “Thank you for your hard work editing the videos.”
Netizens were impressed by his dedication and praised the actor with comments like, “He’s so nice,” “This is why I like him,” and more.
The last episode of ‘Queen Inhyun’s Man’ will air on June 7 at 11PM KST.
Source & Image: TV Daily via Nate
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