Saturday, June 2, 2012

"[INFO] The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time - SPIN" plus 24 more

"[INFO] The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time - SPIN" plus 24 more

[INFO] The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time - SPIN

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 09:00 AM PDT

by David Bevan and Chuck Eddy

Twenty years after its birth, Korean pop music has made its way from Seoul to Singapore to San Antonio to São Paulo and back again, "outbubbling" — as SPIN's Chuck Eddy phrased it last year — its Western counterpart by tweaking and perfecting the formula on which both have long been based. It's music that demands to be mainlined (hooks come sharper, choruses larger, visuals brighter), its gloss equaled only by the aggressiveness with which it's been delivered to the international marketplace in recent years. By now, K-pop's catalog of classics is deep enough to warrant a best-of list of its own, one we've assembled with our ears pointed to both past and present: The 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All Time, a singles wrecking crew whose final, odd-numbered tally is a loving tribute to one of the current moment's most beloved girl groups, 2NE1. DAVID BEVAN

21. SoolJ feat. Suh Ga Young - "Waiting 4 U" (2011)
SoolJ is an underground rapper carrying on a Korean tradition that dates back at least to the Wu Tangish turn-of-the-millennium group Drunken Tiger. His freestyle battles with the even more verbally dexterous Huckleberry P are easily located on YouTube, but he's also made more commercial singles that angle toward metal-rap ("Vision"), emo-rap ("Men Also Cry"), and quiet-storm rap ("Love in the Rain"). His 2011 mini-album Electro SoolJ was, as its name suggests, a turntable-scratched electro-funk (via hip-house, big beat, maybe Latin freestyle) move, and three of its seven tracks were mixes of this nervously lovely, inexorably propulsive, female-vocal-assisted, virtual-reality-video-themed single. CHUCK EDDY

20. Shinee - "Lucifer" (2010)
A total romp. The top boy band from leading talent agency SM threw down a hammer in "Lucifer," the lead single from their album of the same name and a quick-cutting Europop hybrid that breaks down late 'N Sync single "Pop," juices it, and builds it back up again. Bigger, stronger, faster. D.B.

19. TVXQ - "Doshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandaro" (2008)
The cheese levels here are high, but that harp melody is quiet fire. "Doshite" featured prominently on the mighty TVXQ's (Tohoshinki in Japan) fourth Japanese album, The Secret Code. It's a study in slow jammage whose rough English translation (according to Wikipedia) is "Why Did I Have to Completely Fall In Love With You?" lest you question the ache in their gilded voices. D.B.

18. Wonder Girls - "Be My Baby" (2011)
Persistent energy has been expended in attempting to break these ladies Stateside: In 2009, they toured with the Jonas Brothers; this year, they filmed a TV flick for TeenNick. Given that they're far from Korea's most exciting group, it's hard not to wonder whether the industry considers their blankness an obligatory trait for Western tween-crossover appeal. Regardless, this vaguely retro-diddy-bopping ditty doesn't embarrass itself even despite its title's blasphemous Ronettes swipe. Hints of modern-day R&B melisma, rappish breakdown, no Spector-melody menace — but as long as it doesn't portend K-pop being Americanized out of existence, you can live with all that. C.E.

17. IU - "Boo" (2009)
During a taping of popular music programInkigayo that we attended in Seoul last December, my interpreter leaned in to alert me that the pop chart show's host, IU, was the "hottest idol" in all of Korea at the time, clearly outshining many of the artists she featured. Though she's come to specialize in syrupy ballads, "Boo," an early single from 2009, stands out because it aims for subtlety. Just some fits of clean guitar, a minimal but uptempo beat, and a vocal performance that's playful throughout. D.B.

16. T-Ara - "Roly Poly" (2011)
T-Ara are a girl group seemingly lacking major talents, and it's difficult to remember whether they have five or six members at any given moment. But their singles are hard to resist. There's the robotic "Bo Peep Bo Peep" (pronounced "boppy boppy"), which is not about sheep; there's the stuttering "Yayaya," with its bizarre desert-island video full of ill-advised Native American stereotypes. And there's "Roly Poly," which anxiously liquifies Latin counter-rhythms and handclap breaks and disco toot-beeps à la '80s Italo duo Fun Fun, but with Far Asian-evoking Yellow Magic Orchestra-style synth parts. The video, at full mini-movie length, lasts 12 minutes. C.E.

15. Super Junior - "Sorry Sorry" (2009)
At the time that Super Junior unleashed this, their best-selling single to date, the boy band behemoth sported 11 members. That's more than the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync combined. "Sorry Sorry" is a spartan slab of hiccuping, high-wire Euro-pop (as is the SM way) that makes wonderful use of Auto-Tune and the word "shawty." D.B.

14. Kara - "Step" (2011)
Though their "butt dance" would make their "Mister" clip web-famous, the dizzying central hook behind "Step" is Kara's best asset. It shape-shifts between Euro-pop and '80s soft rock, Korean songwriting duo "Sweetune" going so far as to steal swatches from the Edge's introductory guitar salvo on "Where the Streets Have No Name" for the bridge. Shameless, streamlined fun. D.B.

13. Big Bang - "Bad Boy" (2012)
After an unfortunate marijuana scandal sidelined group leader G-Dragon for the better part of 2011, Big Bang made a triumphant return: onstage at talent agency YG's Family Concert in December and on-record with "Bad Boy," a piano-based R&Breeze that, like the rest of their recently released Alive LP, was penned entirely by GD. And though some might point to "Love Song" or "Tonight" as the group's finest hour, nothing they've has done as a unit up until now has approached the anti-gravity pop smarts to be heard in the Diplo-assisted GD&TOP collaboration "Knock Out." "Bad Boy" recalls Boyz II Men and Justin Timberlake, but Big Bang's four very distinct personalities combine here for a single more singular than any of their K-pop peers can lay claim. D.B.

12. f(x) - "Nu Abo" (2010)
The mark of a particularly potent K-pop song is one that can make you feel like you're hearing 80 songs fit neatly into one — sometimes you recognize a hook with every passing measure, sometimes you hear them all at once. Written and produced by a team of Danish popsmiths that includes Cutfather and Thomas Troelsen (one of the minds that brought you Junior Senior's forgotten 2003 smash, "Move Your Feet"), "Nu Abo" is a schoolyard-taunting, Britney-esque monster that sounds like dueling iPods and still allows for a thick layer of crowd noise. D.B.

11. Girls Generation - "Run Devil Run" (2010)
You'll notice that, within the three-and-a-half-minute span of "Run Devil Run," we're only given a snippet of solo. It's highly orchestrated, high-fructose vocal layering of the highest order: nine voices, nine tentacles, absolutely no seams. This is stone-cold sass that — though it cribs pop pin-up signifiers stretching back 50 years — echoes a more disciplined (and chaste) re-imagining of the Pussycat Dolls. D.B.

10. E.via - "Pick Up! U!" (2010)

The woman born Lee Ok Joo — who plays piano, writes her own songs, raps unbelievably fast but stays unbelievably cute doing it (check out her possibly Pitbull-inspired "Shake!"), and looks younger than her 1986 birth date suggests — put out four EPs between 2009 and 2010. Given that she didn't emerge from Korea's usual idol-making machinery, she might've had little chance at superstardom anyway, but her bedroom panting and alleged Japanese slang references to breasts in "Oppa! (Can I Do It)" sealed the non-deal. A shame, because the Pikachu tribute/Tom Tom Club imitation "Pick Up! U!" is as adorable as pop music gets. C.E.

9. 2NE1 - "Ugly" (2011)
Though "Ugly" scans like aggressive homage (or a rip, if you'd like) to TLC's 1996 body-image breakdown "Unpretty," its impact is more akin to the world-beating bubble-grunge of Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone." Loud and brash, tender yet heroic, it encapsulates just about everything that's so immediate about the 2NE1 crew. And on the strength of CL's volcanic vocals, the four unleash here what's arguably the most ferocious chorus in K-pop history. D.B.

8. Norazo - "Curry" (2010)
Norazo — pretty-boy singer/guitarist/straight man Lee Hyuk and goofier and older-looking singer/dancer Jobin — are as much a comedy as music duo, even if Hyuk actually has a perfectly lush and rangy rock voice, capable of metal operatics atop a Eurocheese-disco beat. Among their quirky singles are one where Superman brags about wearing red underwear over blue pants, a maritime number called "Mackerel" that lets them dress up as pirates, and "Best Salesman," a celebration of customer service and waving arms 'til your pits sweat. "Curry," given its Middle Eastern guitar line, picked-radish-incorporating recipe tips, and video chef hats, might be their pinnacle. C.E.

7. GD&TOP - "High High" (2010)
Hair-gelled boy-band cuties — low-top-faded G-Dragon and new romantically silver-white-pompadoured TOP, both from ubiquitous chart-toppers Big Bang — grow up, toughen up, sex it up (their logo risks Playboy infringement), and hit the night in expensive suits. "Like ninjas," they say. Old-school ones: "Mistah G, in da club, in my B-boy staaance." In the video, they raise glasses to a dance floor with way more Caucasian than Asian girls on it, and their music grows gruffer and faster as it buttaflies higher and higher, then suddenly explodes into a playground chant: "G-H-E-T-T-O! E-L-E-C-T-R-O!" This is how LMFAO and Far East Movement want to sound. C.E.

6. BoA - "Eat You Up" (2008)

By the time she dropped this, her first English single, in 2008, 25-year-old BoA (birth name: Kwon Boa) had been at it for nearly a decade — first as a teenaged SM trainee (got her start at 11), later as a K-pop pioneer whose polish as both performer and multilingual pop idol allowed her to conquer the supposedly impenetrable Japanese market (the second largest in the world). Though "Eat You Up" didn't take upon arrival, it's hard to hear why a pop offering this muscular (it's got a chorus like a Clydesdale) couldn't put a dent on American charts right this second. D.B.

5. SNSD - "Gee" (2009)
This reality-show-spawned nonet's most transcendent single, though later-2009's Italo-fuzz-dance-chorused "Genie" comes close. "Gee" — sung from the P.O.V. of a shy girl blinded by a handsome boy, with an impossibly light and carbonated chorus — went No. 1 in Korea for nine weeks. SNSD's hits have been huge deals ever since, and under the name Girls Generation, they've been marketed to the world: In the Japanese video for "Gee," they show more midriff but less leg; this year, they put out their U.S. debut album, complete with a Snoop Dogg remix of "The Boys." On Letterman, they awkwardly wore knee-high leather boots and tried hard to swagger. C.E.

4. Seo Taiji & Boys - "Nan Arayo (I Know)" (1992)
Where it all started: This topped Korea's singles chart for 17 weeks, a feat never challenged. But American servicemen importing Western pop and hip-hop probably deserve some credit. The record seems to sample Milli Vanilli and Public Enemy, and the boy trio's dance moves in the video are all-out Hammer/New Kids/Kid 'N Play new jack, even if they're wearing Crayola-colored outfits and the homemade-looking clip's mostly set in a decidedly non-urban wheat field. Taiji himself became a solo rock star and recorded a later nü-metal version that upped the already riffy guitar quotient. Another member, Yang Hyun-Seok, went on to found the mighty YG Entertainment, still one of Korea's dominant music companies. C.E.

3. 2NE1 - "I Am the Best" (2011)
"I Am the Best" might've been the best single released on the planet in 2011, even if not for its apocalyptic/futuristic video that kicks off on a catwalk and escalates into straightjackets, train-track break-dancing, ice cream cone rabbit-ear hats, and devil-horned hairstyles well before the aluminum bats and machine guns come out so 2NE1 can smash and shoot up the place. The stomping title hook sounds like "Neh-guh-ché Challa-GAH"; other big nonsense hook is the machine-gunned "bum-ratta-TATTA ta-tatta tah-tah." Then there's the froggie-reggae dancehall ("hot-hot-hot-hot FI-ya") and Alice Cooper ("billion dollar baby") references. Lyric plot: Hitting the city, taking no shit. World-class throat: CL. C.E.

2. HyunA - "Bubble Pop!" (2011)
After opening with riffs out of Plastic Bertrand's Belgian bazooka-punk classic "Ca Plane Pour Moi," "Bubble Pop!" onomatopoeically fills its archetypal title's promise — 4minute member/Wonder Girls alumnus HyunA's flirty-coy "ooh-ooh oh-oh" breaths sound like bubbles popping, as do the beats until the insane and seemingly tacked-on electronic ("dubstep," some say) breakdown in the middle. Butts in the video bounce buoyantly and bubbliciously as well. So no wonder hep Western blogs embraced it, boosting it toward millions of YouTube views within days. In Korea, it was "banned" after it already hit. My three-year-old daughter still thinks it's about bursting bubble wrap. C.E.

1. H.O.T. - "Candy" (1996)
That loopy, light-headed intro melody; that bouncy, boomeranging chorus; reggae-informed, Smash Mouth-indebted, 8-bit-encrusted everything. Seo Taiji may have laid K-pop's foundation a few years earlier, but it was H.O.T., a boy band engineered in part by SM kingpin Lee Soo-Man, that ushered in the "idol" cult that's propelled Korean pop cultural product as far and wide as it's come in the past ten years. Without relying heavily on visuals (the theme park romance of its video is a gas, though) like every idol group it's spawned since, they delivered a Platonic ideal that made good on its title. D.B.

Source: SPIN

[INFO] 2NE1 mentioned in Collaborations 50 Cents should consider - XXL

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 08:30 AM PDT

25 Collaborations 50 Cent Should Consider

50 Cent has a history of collaborating mostly with his G-Unit brethren, so XXL offers up a wide range of other joint musical ventures for the New York native…

"Coast To Coast"
Swizz Beatz loves them, so does 50 shows his money-making mind by teaming with the four-member girl group that's popping right now. K-Pop dominates Japan, world's second biggest music market. Cha-ching."

Source: XXL Mag

[VIDEO] Wonder Girls unleash "Like This" MV!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 08:09 AM PDT

Wonder Girls is finally back with their mini album "Wonder Party". Just a minute ago, they release their MV for their song "Like This".

Check below:

[VIDEO] Big Bang unveils "MONSTER" MV!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 08:06 AM PDT

They are back! Fierce and full of swag!
Check out their fresh Monster MV below:

[VIDEOS] 2NE1 for Nikon D3200 DSLR (BTS Photoshoot and Promo Messages)

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 08:00 AM PDT

Here's the BTS of 2NE1's photoshoot for Nikon.

CL: Do you all think DSLRs are difficult? With the D3200 you can also take cool photos. The secret is "guide mode!" If you choose what photo to take, the camera will help you! Take nice photos with the D3200.

Minji: D3200 has 2416 pixels. I usually love taking photos, but with the 2416 pixel D3200, I think I could take produce amazing photos. Don't take large and heavy cameras to take photos. Use the D3200 to take cool and clear photos.

Bom: These days there aren't cameras without full HD video recording, right? The D3200 also has full HD video recording. You can film stable, non-shaking videos of 2NE1, even though we are very active. Nikon for photos, but also for videos! Keep this in mind!

Dara: Kya~ This size and weight that is so small and cute. With a camera of this weight, I, Dara, can get a bit closer to DSLRs. Also, this is the end to heavy black DSLRs! There are DSLRs like this stylish red, so 100 points for individuality! Isn't it pretty? This isn't just pretty though, it also has great abilities. With separate accessories, you can even send photos taken with D3200 to your smart phone. Since you can save important memories into your camera and phone, it would be useful for SNS. I must take photos with Dadoong and send them to my smart phone!

2NE1: Whats up we 2NE1! Yes, with the D3200 that has so many advantages, take many photos of people you love. Also, please look forward to 2NE1. This has been 2NE1!

Credit: nikonimagingkorea@YouTube

Translations by: @kristinekwak

[NEWS] Kim Kyu-Jong headed to the Army

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 07:30 AM PDT

Former member of SS501 and current solo artist Kim Kyu-jong will bid farewell to fans in July as he begins his two-year compulsory military service.

Kim's agency announced yesterday that Kim will be in training for a month before being inducted into the Korean Army.

Apparently, the star considered postponing his military service, as a lot of entertainers do in order to maximize their time in the limelight.

"Kim Kyu-jong was born in 1987, which means he could delay military service to focus on his career. But he thought it'd be best to get it out of the way before he embarks on the second chapter of his life," said a representative from B2M Entertainment.

As well as having been a part of the popular boy band SS501 until 2010, Kim showcased his talent as an entertainer by starring in the musical "Palace" (2011) and starring in the drama "Saving Mrs. Go Bong Shil" (2012).

In addition, he released his debut solo album last year.

By Carla Sunwoo
Source: koreajoongangdaily

[VIDEO] G.Na is 2Hot on Love Request!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 07:20 AM PDT

Check out sexy diva G.Na's performance on Love Request,she performed her latest hit song 2Hot on Love Request,enjoy!

[NEWS] Jung Yong-hwa to focus on music

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 07:00 AM PDT

CN Blue lead singer Jung Yong-hwa has expressed a desire to focus on his music career, at least until the end of the year, despite the fact that all the other band members are pursuing acting careers.

"Jung Yong-hwa wants to make a name for himself as a musician more than as an actor. As well as taking part in the band's new album, CN Blue will be busy touring abroad this year," said a representative from FNC Entertainment.

Band members Kang Min-hyuk and Lee Jong-hyun are appearing in the TV dramas "My Husband's Got a Family" and "A Gentleman's Dignity." Bassist Lee Jung-shin is taking acting lessons.

Jung gained fame on the TV shows "You're Beautiful" (2009) and "You've Fallen for Me" (2011). He lately helped launch the career of Korean-Japanese singer Juniel.

Jung composed a song for the Korea native and winner of Japan's singing-audition show "Niji Iro Supernova" in 2010, presented it to her and offered to help produce the song for her debut album, which is scheduled to be released this month.

By Carla Sunwoo
Source: koreajoongangdaily

[VIDEO] Secret's Sunhwa and T-ara's Hyomin to appear on Invincible Youth 2!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 06:50 AM PDT

Check out the preview of the latest episode of Invincible Youth 2,Season 1 members Sunhwa and Hyomin will appear in the upcoming episode of Invincible Youth 2,check out the preview below!

[NEWS] Beast fans roaring mad at KBS2

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Fans of boy band Beast are in a furor over the band's performance being cut short on TV.

When KBS2 aired the program "2012 I Love You Korea Dream Concert" on Wednesday night, most acts sang two songs.

However, the broadcast included only part of one of the two Beast songs performed May 12 at World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong.

Fans spammed KBS2's Web site to complain about "unfair editing" and are petitioning for an apology.

KBS2 says it merely aired the program orchestrated and edited by the Korea Entertainment Producers' Association.

KEPA, however, said it only hosted the event and KBS filmed and edited the program for TV viewing.

Meanwhile, last week, Beast also performed for its U.S. fans at Google headquarters near San Jose in California.

To mark YouTube's seventh birthday, the group was one of the many K-pop acts invited to perform for a show that was streamed live on the video Web site.

By Carla Sunwoo
Source: koreajoongangdaily

[PICTURE] Jo Yeo Jeong poses with Hello Venus!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 06:20 AM PDT

Actress Jo Yeo Jeong updated her Twitter with a new photo.

She said,"had fun at Park So Hyun unnie's radio show,together with Hello Venus who are HOT lately,they are really cute and active girls,i want to join them".

Have a look at their group photo above.

[NEWS] 2PM ends six-show stand in Tokyo

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 06:00 AM PDT

Idol group 2PM successfully wrapped up its "Six Beautiful Days" concert at the Budokan in Tokyo.

2PM performed May 24 and 25, and then from Monday to Thursday night. It was the first time a Hallyu band had performed at the Budokan for six consecutive shows.

At a press conference Wednesday, Taecyeon said the group was thrilled about the shows and the venue.

"When we were trainees, Rain used to perform at the Budokan and we were so envious. Now, to think that we are standing where superstar Rain has performed before, it's just amazing," he said.

The fans at the concert sent a special round of applause for Taecyeon, who took the stage despite having undergone surgery just a week ago to repair a broken arm.

The six shows featured a different member each night and showcased solo acts. In addition, the boy band wooed the Japanese with a variety of acts, from acrobatics to laser light shows, and a medley of hit songs from "Hands Up" to "10 out of 10."

By Carla Sunwoo
Source: koreajoongangdaily

[PICTURE] SNSD unveiled individual concept photos for "Paparazzi"!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 05:54 AM PDT

 SNSD will make their Japanese comeback soon with new song Paparazzi,check out the individual photos of SNSD for Paparazzi here.

Whose concept photo do you like the most?

[PICTURE] Hyomin poses with her birthday gifts!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 05:34 AM PDT

Hyomin updated her Twitter on 1st June,she said,"party with fans,was a huge success,after practice ended i went home immediately to upload these photos,many thanks to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday".

Her presents range from cake,specially made magazine,keyboard and etc.

Happy Birthday Hyomin!

[PICTURE] Dancing With The Stars' Park Ji Woo poses with Seo Hyun and Hyoyeon!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 05:27 AM PDT

Dancing with The Stars' Park Ji Woo updated her Twitter with a new photo.

He said,"Happiness on Dancing with The Stars,i'm nervous".

He is seen posing with SNSD's Hyoyeon and Seohyun in the photo above.

Like this photo?

[NEWS] Seohyun Smacks Taeyeon in the Face During ‘Twinkle’ Performance!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 03:46 AM PDT

Fans were slightly bemused when Seohyun was suddenly isolated during a encore performance of "Twinkle" on the May 24th broadcast of "M! Countdown". It turns out there were reasons for that.
Midway through the main performance, Seohyun's long limbs apparently got in the way of Taeyeon, bumping into her microphone and hitting her teeth. To Taeyeon's credit though, she grinned it off and resumed her performance as usual.
The result of this was that after the award presentation, when it came to Seohyun's dance part, Taeyeon made an "active effort" to avoid her during the encore performance.
Check out the comical cuts of that week's performance here.
The main performance (Starts at 1:47)

The encore performance (Starts from 1:36)

Source: HighdDefinitionVEVO@youtube, crazyforyul@youtube, bluebirdk9@youtube
Written by: nicholys@soshified, ch0sshi@soshified
Edited by: residentbenchwarmer@soshified

[NEWS] SNSD's Hyoyeon goofs around with Seohyun backstage in Dancing With the Stars 2

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 03:35 AM PDT

Recently, Photo's of Hyoyeon backstage was revealed for MBC's "Dancing with the stars", along with the photo's, Hyoyeon also left a message for her fans and viewers of the show. She shared, "Hello this is Hyoyeon. I have faced a new challenge which is Dancing with the stars. Are you watching it? Im still new and still getting used to the show but Im doing my best to give my best performance on stage, Please look forward to my performances with my partner in the future".

Along with her message, two photo's were shared, one of which was her wearing her stage outfit which was the sexy and retro white polka dot dress with frilly skirt with matching heart shaped sun glasses with fellow SNSD member Seohyun goofing around with funny expressions and pose. Hyoyeon received much recognition on the show for showing a good performance despite the small time she can practice due to her busy schedule.

Source: Nate
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[INTERVIEW] ‘High Cut’ Magazine Interviews Sooyoung on Acting and Fashion!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 03:24 AM PDT

Recently, Sooyoung was featured in the 77th issue of "High Cut" magazine. She did an interview with the magazine in which she discussed her acting role, her interest in fashion, as well as her social status as a member of Girls' Generation.
Q. You will finally be making your official attempt at acting in "The 3rd Hospital". This is your first time acting in a drama whereas before you acted in the movie, "Hello, Schoolgirl".
A. It is a drama that I have long been looking forward to. I've been looking at the script for "The 3rdHospital" since last year, so I have confidence in it. There were better opportunities, but I chose the role of Euijin in "The 3rd Hospital" for the reason that without her, you can't explain the entire context of the drama. I daringly chose this character, because I thought it could persuade and move the viewers.

Q. What kind of character is Euijin? Since she is a violist, I assume that you've practised a bit?
A. She has a very cheerful and bubbly personality, but she also has a troubled side to her. The way she seems honest and laid-back but hides her inner feelings is something I can relate to. Euijin also expresses her feelings honestly to the person she likes, but that's not like me at all (laughs). As for the viola, I don't have any musical instruments that I know how to play, so I was thinking that I would use this role as a chance to learn diligently. However, as is to be expected, nothing in this world is easy. I am still working hard though, so that I won't have to use a double.

Q. There are some people who look at idols' attempts at acting negatively. Are you prepared for that?
A. I have been received acting lessons since before my debut. I got cast in "Hello, Schoolgirl" through an audition, and that was before I became a Girls' Generation member. I thought I was prepared, but instead I started panicking after the first shoot. I never said that I was confident in acting, and I don't want to start now (laughs). Also, I honestly don't think too much about those negative views towards idols. I'm Girls' Generation's Sooyoung, so what can I do? I don't want to tell them to look at me as actress Choi Sooyoung. I should just be thankful that I'm able to show to them a different side of me.

Q. Your co-actors Kim Seungwoo and Oh Jiho are known for having good manners on set. Did you get any help from them?
A. When I met with senior Kim Seungwoo, it seemed like he only saw me as an idol, but as we continued filming, I could feel that he was really just being a modest person. During scenes in which only my point of view was shown, he would stand silently in front of me so I could capture the right emotions for the scene. He could've rested during those scenes, so I was really thankful that he didn't. Oh Jiho Oppa coaches me directly. While I don't have aegyo, Euijin has a lot of aegyo. He would coax those emotions out of me saying, "If you don't make an aegyo-filled expression in this scene, then the scene can't be explained or understood." I think very highly of the seniors whenever I see them capture their emotions as soon as the word "action" is heard.

Q. It looks like aegyo is hard for you. Couldn't you have learned it from the other Girls' Generation members?
A. Those girls don't have aegyo for guys. To be completely honest, I've never seen them show their aegyo to guys before (laughs).

Q. It seems like your face got darker talking about acting.
A. I liked this drama very much, and I got impatient when I had to wait so long for filming. I went around telling people, "I have to do well." Even though they never witnessed my acting before, people would comfort me saying, "But you're good." At some point, I really believed that I was good, but as soon as we started filming, I began to let go of that thought. The only thing I think about now is how I will convey Euijin's character. I'm just doing the best that I can, putting in plenty of effort so that I'll be satisfied, and so that I won't regret it in the future.

Q. The members trying their hands at acting must support and keep in check with one another.
A. They're really great. Jessica, Yuri, and Yoona would practice acting during their busy schedules with only a few pages of the script. I had the entire script in my hand because my drama was in pre-production, but even if you tell me to eat at a fully served table, I won't be able to. I told them, "I'm starting to feel respect for you." Yuri and Yoona would be chatting about what happened on the set and they'd tell me, "I believe in you, Unnie. You're good at this." They would then share some advice with me. I'm really thankful when Yoona, who has acted a lot, shows concern for me and asks me things. Either way, it's a good thing that they're all doing well. We're Girls' Generation. I think that I must also still be responsible for Girls' Generation's career.

Q. When you're promoting together, you're a member of the greatest girl group in Korea, but as you've started individual activities and gone into acting, you've become a rookie again. How do you overcome that gap?
A. I used to feel small when I was alone. But now that people call me "Sooyoung-sshi" even when I'm by myself. I think, "Girls' Generation has become this big. Without this group, where would I get this kind of treatment?" If you look at it like that, isn't it special treatment? How could a rookie actor get the same great opportunity? Because of that, I've become more humble after starting individual activities, and I am also thankful to my members.

Q. Girls' Generation members have all been doing solo activities since the end of last year. Are you planning on continuing on with the "separately but together" strategy?
A. Rather than deciding on the time for individual activities, we have a system in which we adjust group schedules based on individual ones. Even if there is a drama during album promotions, a member will still be able to become an actress. My wish is that we will all focus on the album when it releases.

Q. What is it like living as a member of Korea's greatest girl group? I want to hear the pros and cons.
A. To be honest, everything that I do, I would like to do with my members. I'm sad that we can't do activities outside together since people will recognize us. The pros are actually everything but these. Thanks to my members, I have succeeded in life. While others at my age are working in part-time jobs, trying to earn money for their tuition, I'm riding in a "dream car" with eight others. Compared to what I'm incapable of doing, I have been given a lot of things, and I have received a lot of love. The burden of having to do something as a member of Girls' Generation is something to be proud of.

Q. Recently, the nickname "fashionista" has been added to the front of your name.
A. I'm not sure why, but I have always received a lot of invites to fashion events. When I was little, my mom had a lot of interest in fashion. I'm a bit conservative, so when I see someone wearing black undergarments with a see-through shirt, I ask, "Isn't that too racy?" But my mom wittily replies, "Aren't you supposed to wear it to show it off?" I have a lot of interest in fashion because I'm like my mom, so I'm glad that you acknowledged that during this photoshoot.

Q. Along with you, another member who seems to have a lot of interest in fashion is Jessica.
A. Jessica and Hyoyeon have a lot of interest in it, which I think is also why flashy clothes suit them. I actually didn't know Jessica had that much interest in fashion. She used to only wear white t-shirts with jeans. Now, because she has a pretty body and knows what suits her, she's really become a fashionista.

Q. Lastly, could you tell us about Sooyoung and Girls' Generation's plans for the rest of the year?
A. I will be filming for "The 3rd Hospital" up until August at most, and then a new Japanese single will be released. After that, we'll be following various overseas concerts with SMTOWN, so I think we will be able to meet Korean fans somewhere in the second half of the year. I can give good word that I will also be working as an MC. I've actually been working hard with college life lately. Midterms ended last week, and I just submitted a report this week. I wasn't able to match my schedule with my close friends this semester, so I've been sitting at a coffee shop in between classes all by myself. Heuk heuk (crying noises).

Source: dcinside
Translated by: ch0sshi@soshified
Edited by: Best Served Soup@soshified
Contributor: residentbenchwarmer@soshified

[NEWS] After School former member Bekah shares her recent whereabouts

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 03:10 AM PDT

Former member of After School Bekah shares with fans her recent whereabouts. On the 2nd of June, she updated her facebook account and shared, "SMILE, Here again" and shared two photographs of her. On her photo's she gives a quirky expression  and on the other gives a warm smile. It look's like she is out shopping and she is looking great as ever.

Also, Becca appeared in Lee Hyori's "Golden 12" as Lee Hyori visited Maui, hawaii which is Bekah's hometown as well. Netizens commented, "She got prettier", "She looks really well, her fashion is really nice too", "She looks more mature now, im glad she's doing well". Bekah, after graduating from After School went to school to be come a designer.

Source: Nate
Written by: blueprincess824 @

[VIDEOS] TaeTiseo, JYP, Hello Venus and more performed on Music Core!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 03:07 AM PDT

Did you miss today's episode of Music Core? Don't be sad, we compiled the performance videos of the groups who performed on today's show and even the MC cuts.

Check it out below.

Performers of today's episode are Heo Young Saeng, A-JAX, J.Y.Park, TaeTiSeo, Mighty Mouth, G.NA, INFINITE, B1A4, Baek Ji Young, EXO-K, A Pink, Dalmatian, JJ Project, Gang Kiz, Baek Chung Kang, She'z, Hello Venus and Tritops!

[VIDEO] 2PM performed Beautiful on Music Fair!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 02:58 AM PDT

Check out 2PM's live performance for Beautiful on Music Fair.

Like their performance?

[NEWS] Infinite is teary eyed with happiness with their Music Bank K-char Win

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 02:45 AM PDT

The boys of Infinite are having tears of joy after claiming the number 1 spot at the KBS "Music Bank K-Chart" this week. On the 1st of June episode of Music Bank, the boys claimed the number 1 spot with "The Chaser" and the boys couldn't help but share to their fans their moment of happiness.

On their twitter account they shared, "To all those who cheered and wanted for us to win thank you so much! We would like to tell everyone that we are so thankful to our fans We love all of you!" and shared a group photo with them posing with their trophy. The boys also shared that they are now even more determined to work harder in the future. Netizens commented, "Congratulations to infinite for winning number 1 on music bank", "IM so glad they won", "They deserve it, their song is really great".

Source: Nate
Written by: blueprincess824 @

[NEWS] Chunji’s hobby is to check out high school girls!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 02:41 AM PDT

Chunji's hobby is unique and insidious topic. 
Teen Top Chunji in the recently filmed MBC 'Our Sunday Night - Exploration of Genders' confessed that during high school, he had a hobby of peeping at high school girls beside his school through a telescope.
Netizens who heard about Chunji's hobby responded with several interesting replies such as, 'With a cute appearance and a totally reversed insidious-like hobby, his reversed charms are also cute", "Chunji's hobby will get lots of sympathies from guys", "He did not just simply check out the girls but he even prepared telescope, how thorough" 

Also there were other responses like "I guess female celebs who has been with him would be surprised?", "Even Chunji has this sort of hobby", "Chunji is quite the honest person", "Sometimes high school girls idle and look at boys too", "Chunji forget your crafty hobby and find a new one", "Anyway it is unique and it is charming","Exploration of Genders is gonna be discontinued. It seems like such a pity that I won't be able to see Chunji"
Chunji too revealed and said "I like girls who keep hitting me" as his unique ideal type. 
Through 'Sunday Night - Exploration of Gender', you can find out more about the unique hobby and obviously different but delightfully charms of Teen Top's Chunji as he returns for a comeback on 1 June during 'KBS 2TV Music Bank'.

ENG TRANS: oursupaluv 
SOURCE: Newsen

[NEWS] T-ara T-shirts to be made available via C# and G-Market!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 02:23 AM PDT

T-ara T-shirts will be available officially for the first time.

T-ara's T-shirts are being made for each individual member with their face made into a cartoon character image. After this announcement was made via T-ara's fancafe, fans flooded in with questions. "How long will it take to ship", "Where can I buy?", "I'm going to buy Hyomin's t-shirt" were some of the comments about the T-shirts which had a very explosive reaction.

T-ara's T-shirts will be available for purchase on the 4th at 10:00 AM via Core Contents Media's online shopping mall C# and then through T-ara's Star Shop on G-Market.

The members said, "We're really happy for the first release of shirts that have pictures of us on them. We hope that may fans will buy them."

Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem 

[NEWS] Girls’ Generation – TTS Talks About Talent and Cuteness on ‘Sketchbook’!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 01:48 AM PDT

On June 1st, Girls' Generation – TTS guest-starred on KBS 2TV's "Yoo Heeyeol's Sketchbook". In addition to performing "Twinkle" and solo cover songs "Take a Bow", "Rolling in the Deep", and "Jack", Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun sat down with MC Yoo Heeyeol for a short and entertaining interview.
During this episode, Taeyeon revealed the secret behind her singing, stating, "When promoting as nine members, we aren't given many opportunities to sing by ourselves, so I feel like we're fulfilling what we've wanted through this promotion cycle as a unit group." MC Yoo Heeyeol also complimented the girls' hidden singing talents. Tiffany and Seohyun then commented, "I think Taeyeon has a natural born talent [for singing]. She sings so well that it comes off as very confident of herself."
In reality, Taeyeon has been garnering attention through their "Twinkle" performances for her explosive high notes. She was acknowledged for her unwavering singing, even while showing a flashy performance. To this, Taeyeon confessed, "I think it's genetic. My dad was the vocalist in a neighborhood band," causing laughter. Also during this episode, Seohyun recalled the audition she had at age twelve and sang "Wild Flower Story", gaining a great response from the audience.
During the show, when asked, "Is there a member of Girls' Generation who acts pretty?", they all named Sunny. Tiffany explained, "Sunny winks with both eyes while shrugging her shoulders," and proceeded to imitate her during "Gee", gaining laughter from the others. Tiffany added, "Those performances from Sunny help Girls' Generation," and complimented Sunny's charms.

Source: NewsenStar Today,
Translated by: ch0sshi@soshified
Edited by: MoonSoshi9@soshified, residentbenchwarmer@soshified