Sunday, June 24, 2012

"Jo Kwon cranks up the heat with “I’m Da One” MV!" plus 19 more

"Jo Kwon cranks up the heat with “I’m Da One” MV!" plus 19 more


Jo Kwon cranks up the heat with “I’m Da One” MV!

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 09:01 AM PDT

After weeks of anticipation, it’s finally here: Jo Kwon has just released the music video for “I’m Da One“, the title track of his debut solo album!

The trailer released last week had set a high bar for the full release, but Jo Kwon has exceeded expectations with an impressive video that interlaces the song with a story. As previously hinted, Jo Kwon presides over a kingdom battling hunger, only to be overthrown in a coup de tat by an unexpected source.

With Jo Kwon’s effervescent personality and the carefully plotted story, this production proves to be more than your average music video. Watch it below!

SISTAR releases ‘LOVING U’ teaser photos for Bora

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 08:56 AM PDT

To top off this week’s daily doses of individual teasers from the ladies of SISTAR, it’s finally Bora‘s turn to reveal herself to fans!

The quartet’s special summer album ‘LOVING U‘s is anticipated to be released on June 28th. Simply dressed in a pink tank and white shorts, Bora continues the girly, youthful theme present in all of the photos.

With such an easygoing vibe going on, there’s no doubt that SISTAR’s album will be perfect for summer break. Stay tuned for the release!

Trailer released for ‘R2B: Return To Base’ starring Rain

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 08:14 AM PDT

After hyping fans with a new official poster at the beginning of this week, a new trailer for ‘R2B: Return To Base‘ has been released!

Directed by Kim Don Won and produced by Pocket Film, ‘R2B: Return To Base’ has been making headlines for starring singer-actor Rain.

The trailer shows thrilling scenes of aerial action in an urban cityscape as planes dangerously weave through the skyscrapers of Seoul and over the Han River in stunning spectacle.

A representative from CJ E&M, the film distributor, shared confidence in the upcoming release. “The trailer immediately received over 25,000 hits after being posted. The clip is filled with scenes you’ve never seen before in a Korean action thriller.

This action blockbuster follows the story of Taehoon (Rain), the youngest pilot of the special acrobatic air force team Black Eagle. He is transferred to the 21st Fighter Wing, then attacks enemy aircrafts that appear in the skies of Youido.

It was also revealed that aerospace experts were called in to participate in the process of this film production with the wholehearted support of Korea’s actual Air Force. Furthermore, the public has been intrigued by the star-studded cast, which also includes Shin Se KyungLee Jong SukJung Suk Won, and more.

‘R2B: Return To Base’ is scheduled for an August release; check out the trailer below!

Coffee Break: Nell

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 05:31 AM PDT

Mesmerizing vocals, gloomy, psychedelic sounds, and clean instrumentals. Nell made their mark as an indie rock band and effortlessly conquered both mainstream and underground stages with their music. The band formed in 1999 and were picked up by the legend of K-pop, Seo Taiji himself while they were playing at a live club at the home of many indie bands, Hongdae. They were the first band to be signed by Goesoo Indigene, the entertainment company created by Seo Taiji. Consisting of Kim Jong Wan (vocal), Lee Jae Kyung (lead guitar), Lee Jung Hoon (bass), and Jung Jae Won (drum), Nell is now considered one of the best rock bands in Korea.

Heavily influenced by British bands such as Radiohead and Muse, Nell’s songs take you down the path of a heavy and depressing memory lane, but does it in a very beautiful and dream-like way, making you appreciate those unwanted memories. “Time of walking on remembrance” from Nell’s 6th album, ‘Separation Anxiety‘ is named one of the top songs that Nell released (daum music). The relaxing melody created by a keyboard along with the beats accompanies the sentimental lyrics. Kim Jong Wan’s soft yet powerful vocals soak you with various emotions.


MV with English subtitles here .

Although many people argue about Nell’s identity, the once indie group was signed under WOOLLIM Entertainment (the same one as INFINITE!) since 2006 and are technically not considered an “indie” group anymore. But to everyone’s relief, the band still veers away from mainstream music shows and even managed to keep their own color to their music. “Thank You” (2004)


“Thank You” performed live here.

Dubbed as “a cure for loners”, Nell guested on ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook‘ back in April with their latest album, ‘Slip Away‘, while unveiling some questions about Nell as a band and as individuals. Kim Jong Wan said when he was asked why he only writes songs with heavy topics, “I think I am mostly outside playing when I’m happy. But when I’m alone, I don’t really feel necessarily happy.

And the things that were left behind” (2012)

After their 7th album, ‘Slip Away‘ was released, top idols such as Taecyeon and Kang Ji Young even admitted that they were suffering from “Nell-syndrome”. The music of Nell captures the hearts of many listeners because of the way it reflects with those who have been in love or have experienced hurt and pain. Rather than focusing on the feel-good sounds that most indie bands produce, Nell drags out the darkest memories, acting like alcohol to a deep cut; it stings but it will heal you.

‘Slip Away’ was their best album yet, and definitely worth the wait as it was packed with music that has sophisticated layers of sounds and beats. And unlike their earlier albums, where it included a lot of shouting and hard-rock guitar sounds, this album showed how mature Nell has gotten throughout the years.

Nell will continue to amaze the public with their consistent yet revolutionary melodies and with the hopes of opening grounds for both indie and Korean rock-bands.

== Additional Recommendations:

01. ”Stay” [Let It Rain]

02. “Beautiful Stranger” [Slip Away]

03. “Peterpan has died

04.  ”Can you shut up for 1 minute

05. “Good Night

MC Yoo Jae Suk and Comedian Kim Joon Ho are mother and son?

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 03:43 AM PDT

A photo of comedian Kim Joon Ho acting like a baby and lying on MC Yoo Jae Suk was revealed recently.

On June 23rd, Kim Joon Ho posted the picture through his me2day, commenting, “When I am in front of him, I become infinitely smaller.”

In the revealed photo, Yoo Jae Suk and Kim Joon Ho are sporting the famous, blue sauna outfits from the ‘Happy Together 3‘ set. Kim Joon Ho is seen laying on Yoo Jae Suk’s lap with a comfortable expression on his face. In addition, Yoo Jae Suk is looking upon Kim Joon Ho with a friendly expression while petting his head – giving off a ‘motherly pose’.  In particular, Kim Joon Ho’s soft appearance in front of Yoo Jae Suk further proved his me2day comment to be true – drawing laughter from netizens.

Netizens commented, “Is this the power of Yoo god?”, “I want to become Kim Joon Ho”, and “The two people.. For some reason, they seem like mother and son’”.


Source: OSEN via Nate

IU appears on a test question, “IU’s due date is?”

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 02:56 AM PDT

Singer IU has appeared as a question on a school multiple choice test, which appears related to family developmemt.

Recently an online community uploaded a photo with the title, ‘IU has appeared as a question on a test.’

In the photo, the quiz question asks, “What is the correct due date for IU (31 years old)?

Netizens who saw the photo said, “I am astonished that they would use IU’s name on a question like this.  She is a girl 20 years old and we are making her a pregnant woman?“, “I am so frustrated by this test question with IU.  Why did they use IU’s name!?  Is the teacher an IU anti?“, and “I am surprised to see IU appear on a test question like this.  The teacher has no sense at all.

However, a few netizens commented, “Just because they used the name IU does not mean it is the singer IU“, and “I think people are taking this too sensitively.”

 

Source: DongA Ilbo via Naver

Super Junior’s concept for ‘Sexy, Free & Single’ is “Beautiful Males”

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 01:55 AM PDT

Super Junior has been releasing teaser photos of the members for their 6th studio album, ‘Sexy, Free & Single‘ since June 21st without much information on the album’s concept.

On June 24th, it was revealed that Super Junior members are following the theme of “Beautiful Males” in the photos, as they make their drastic image transformation.  Teaser photos of six members have been released so far including: Donghae, Leeteuk, RyeowookEunhyuk, Shindong, and Yesung.

Yesung is seen sporting a very earthy concept in a green cardigan and a headpiece made out of branches, while Shindong has most of his face covered in white and blue chalk. Leeteuk also seems to be following the nature theme as he has a branch-like accessory lining the side of his head. On the other hand, Ryeowook donned only purple accessories. Finally, Donghae displayed a very beautiful and feminine look by wearing a black lace top with a white headpiece.

Check out all the released photos of the Super Junior members below.

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The Wonder Girls win ‘Inkigayo’ mutizen + performances from June 24th!

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 01:16 AM PDT

SBS's 'Inkigayo' is back once again with a new show full of exciting performances from the artists you adore, brought to you by the charismatic Lee Jong Suk alongside special MCs Kwanghee (ZE:A) and Krystal (f(x))!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's broadcast, After School made a hot comeback with "Flashback".

Artists from this week's 'Take 7′ include: Baek Ji Young, G.NA, TEEN TOP, INFINITE, Wonder Girls, B1A4 and f(x)!

As for today's mutizen winner, it was Wonder Girls with "Like This". Congratulations Wonder Girls!

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Other performances from tonight included: M.I.B, MYNAME, VIXX, JJ Project, Dalmatian, A-JAX, A Pink, Boyfriend, Dal Shabet, U-KISS, 2BiC, CROSS GENE, and Gang Kiz!

Check them out below!

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After School makes a sexy comeback with “Flashback” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 24 Jun 2012 12:55 AM PDT

The ladies of After School have finally returned with their newest single, "Flashback".

"Flashback" marks After School's first promotions without member and former leader Kahi, as well as the entrance of new member Ga Eun. For "Flashback", they decided to mix up dark and sexy for a powerful comeback, while also incorporating a trendy electronic sound to give the song a catchy appeal.

The lyrics talk about wanting to "flashback" to love, and are reported to contain a double meaning as After School seeks to return to the group's early stages.

Without further ado, check out After School's hot comeback stage with "Rip Off" and "Flashback" below, and view the rest of today's performances on allkpop, coming soon!

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Shin Bora discusses her kiss scene with Song Joong Ki + sends a love call to Gong Yoo

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 11:45 PM PDT

Comedienne Shin Bora sat down with reporter Kim Tae Jin for an interview for the June 23rd installment of KBS‘s ‘Entertainment Weekly – Guerilla Date

During the interview, Shin Bora was asked about her kiss scene with actor Song Joong Ki on ‘Gag Concert‘ to which she simply replied saying, “Aren’t I good at acting? I liked it.

Reporter Kim Tae Jin then asked the comedienne who she wishes to invite for the skit, ‘The Discovery of Life’. Shin Bora ended up selecting actor Gong Yoo, who’s currently starring in KBS’s Monday-Tuesday drama, ‘Big‘.

She then sent a love call to the actor saying, “I would like to have an opportunity to improve my acting ability with your help.”

Upon watching the broadcast, viewers left comments such as, “She’s very forward about her love call to Gong Yoo“, “I wonder if he’ll really appear as a guest on the skit“, and “I want to see her acting with Gong Yoo.”

Source & Image: TV Daily via Nate

MBC’s variety department in a state of emergency

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 10:50 PM PDT

Due to the continuing effects of the labor strike, broadcast station MBC‘s variety department has been experiencing a crippling downward trend of ratings woes and viewer apathy.

MBC’s trump card, ‘Infinity Challenge‘, is in its 21st week of no new episodes and is stuck airing re-runs for the time being. The latest re-run garnered a measly rating of 4.7%, a far cry from the variety juggernaut which normally gained ratings in the 15-20% range.

However, the news is even worse for other programs. The latest episode of the wedding-variety show ‘We Got Married‘ eked out a 4.5% – lower than even the re-run for ‘Infinity Challenge’, even though ‘We Got Married’ had returned to normal programming.

The current leader in MBC variety is ‘Dancing With the Stars 2‘, with a respectable – if not spectacular – showing of 11.1%. It is the only MBC variety program to record in the double digits within the past week.

Newly-launched programs such as ‘Jewelry House‘, ‘I Am a Singer 2‘, and ‘Muhan Girls‘ are also showing less-than-stellar results, compounding the problems for MBC.

With the current labor strike still going on in full force, it is unknown when operations will return to normal, and if their sagging ratings will go back to pre-strike levels.

Source: Newsen via Nate

Wonder Girl’s Lim keeps Sun’s dog company

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 10:09 PM PDT

Wonder Girl‘s Lim shared a photo of herself with Sun’s pet dog Commong.

Lim tweeted a photo on June 23rd and wrote, “With Commong!  Commong… Still looking for her mom.. Sun. haha!

Lim displays her lovable smile sitting with Commong on her lap, who looks cute waiting for Sun to come home.

Netizens who saw the photo commented, “Lim and Commong, both of you are cute“, “Commong is looking for her mom“, and “Commong looks like she is looking off into the distance.”

Source: OSEN via Naver

Lee Hyori tweets her support for ‘Show Me the Money’

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 09:19 PM PDT

Singer Lee Hyori has shown her support for Mnet‘s new program, ‘Show Me the Money‘.

After the program aired its pilot episode on June 22nd, which featured the preliminary rounds, Lee Hyori took to Twitter to show her support for the program.

I seem to still like hip-hop,” she wrote. “‘Show me The Money’ is so fun to watch’.”

Upon seeing her message, Shin Hyung Kwan, the PD of ‘Show Me the Money’, retweeted the post and wrote, “Ah! Ms. Hyori is also watching ‘Show Me the Money’!

Hyori replied back with, “Feel free to contact me if you need me, by any chance. I would like to perform together with Illtong,” and the PD wrote, “We’d be honored if you participate! We’ll contact you through PD Kim Hye Young!

‘Show Me the Money’ is Mnet’s first hip-hop program since 2000-2004′s ‘Hip Hop the Vibe‘. Miryo, Verbal Jint, Garion, Double K, Joosuc, Hoony Hoon, MC Sniper, and 45RPM oversaw the auditions of 1,000 rookie rappers, 21 of whom will be chosen to continue on and compete in the show.

The program airs every Friday at 11PM KST.

Source: Lee Hyori’s Twitter

Girls’ Generation’s Yoona disses Taeyeon’s body?

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 09:01 PM PDT

An old video of a hilarious conversation between the members of Girls’ Generation has been becoming popular amongst fans.

In the video, which was taken during a past photoshoot for a fashion brand, Yoona was caught making a hilarious joke on Taeyeon.

While Yoona was checking Taeyeon’s clothes and making sure it looked good for the photoshoot, she jokingly dissed the leader’s body by saying, “So flat“.

Seohyun, who was next to the two, bursted into laughter, while Taeyeon seemed surprised at first by Yoona’s sudden diss but started giggling as well. The video showcased the girls’ close friendship, as they could comfortably make jokes about each other.

After viewing the video, fans commented, “Yoona’s ‘sexual’ joke causes Taeyeon to have a mental breakdown!“, “It seems like the two are really close friends!“, “Know thyself“, and ”I don’t think Yoona should be saying that…”.


Source: Sports Chosun via Nate

‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ reaches its highest viewer rating yet

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 08:25 PM PDT

jTBC‘s ‘Shinhwa Broadcast‘ has reached its highest viewer rating to date.

On June 24th, AGB Nielson Media Research released the viewer rating for the June 23rd episode of ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ in which it amassed a rating of 1.87%. As this is a cable TV program, it is considered an impressive feat.

This week’s viewer rating for ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ also marked the show’s fourth consecutive week of reaching a viewer rating of over 1%. At this rate, could 2% be far off?

The June 2rd episode of ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ featured ‘Vacation Channel – The God of MT Part 2′ in which the Shinhwa members pulled a hidden camera show against their leader Eric.  Furthermore on this episode, Junjin gave a heartwarming message to Eric after the Shinhwa members finished their hidden camera show.

‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ is a TV program created by the legendary idol group, Shinhwa, who has made a name for themselves in the entertainment industry by staying together as a group for over 14 years.

Source & Image: Star News

Lee Min Jung once again garners attention for her ‘optical illusion fashion’

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 07:44 PM PDT

Lee Min Jung is once again receiving attention for her “optical illusion fashion.”

Recently, an online community posted a picture with the title, ‘Who knew Lee Min Jung would only wear underwear.’

In the top photo, there is a screen capture of a scene from Lee Min Jung’s new drama ‘Big‘ which is airing on KBS2. With a quick glance it seems like she is not wearing any pants or a dress and just has on underwear.

But in reality this is just an illusion due to her clothes.  It is just a white shirt that she has on under her knit top and she is wearing beige color pants. Because most of her legs are covered up, it just makes it seem like it is underwear.

In the past, Lee Min Jung also received some attention due other “optical illusion fashions” where it seems that she is not wearing any clothes at all. Once again these screen captures are getting the same type of heated attention.

Netizens who saw the photo commented, “Lee Min Jung’s optical illusion fashion, I was really confused for about 5 minutes“, “Lee Min Jung has this type of optical illusion fashion quite often.  She soon might become the goddess of optical illusion fashion“, and “I think Lee Min Jung’s stylist is just a genius anti.”

 

Source: Financial News via Nate News

Super Junior releases Yesung & Shindong’s teaser photos for ‘Sexy, Free & Single’

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 07:02 PM PDT

Continuing with the unveiling of the teaser photos, Super Junior has released their third and fourth teaser photos for their upcoming 6th album featuring Shindong and Yesung!

The concept for the comeback this time around continues to remain a mystery. However, this pair of teaser photos still have the same soft vibe as the previous teaser photos. As most fans know, SM Entertainment is famous for releasing teaser photos that seem quite unrelated to their actual concept, so don't be surprised when the boys are back with looks that are completely different from these!

As announced previously, the group's 6th album 'Sexy, Free & Single' will drop on July 1st online and will be followed by the offline release on July 4th.

Stay tuned for the release of other teasers to come!

Source + photo: Super Junior's Official Site

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

 

 

Seoul ranks in the top ten cities with the most beautiful women

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 06:57 PM PDT

On a list that ranked the cities with the most beautiful women, Seoul came in on 9th place.

On June 21st, an American travel magazine, ‘Travelers Digest,’ released, a list of the top 10 cities where the most beautiful women live.

The news caught the attention of netizens as they saw Seoul takes the 9th spot.  The magazine said, “Seoul has some of the best nightlife and is filled with a lot of beautiful women, truly the best in all of Asia.  They set the trend for the rest of Asia to follow and are in the forefronts in fashion and music.”

Accompanied with this statement was another citing the music and beauty of some of Korea’s top girl groups including the Wonder Girls and T-ara.

Also, Seoul was the only Asian city that was able to make it on the top 10 list.

Netizens who heard the news said, “Seoul is the only city to make the top 10 in cities with beautiful women ~ I am so proud“, “Number 9 on the top 10 list?  Aren’t we number 1?” and “In the example as to why Seoul ranks in the top 10 cities with the most beautiful women they did not use Girl’s Generation.

First place went to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.  Regarding Kiev, the magazine wrote, “A visit to Kiev is awe-inspiring and it is hard to believe that women this beautiful exist.”  For those who may not know any Ukrainian women, Mila Kunis is one.

Where do you think the world’s most beautiful women live?

Source: DongA Ilbo via Naver

Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-In is busy watching the Euro 2012?

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 06:15 PM PDT

It seems as though Brown Eyed GirlsGa-In has been tuning in to the Euro 2012 matches, which has been taking place since June 8th.

On June 23rd, composer Lee Min Soo, the mastermind behind past hits such as Brown Eyed Girls’ “Sixth Sense“, “Abracadabra“, IU‘s “Good Day“, Sunny Hill‘s “The Grasshopper Song“, and more, left several posts on Twitter to update fans on the latest about maknae Ga-In.

In addition to sharing the three photos of the singer (below), he wrote:

(Euro News) Team doctor, Son Ga-In, is currently checking Fernando Torres‘s condition!! The point is her eyes of a hawk!”

(Euro News) Octopus Son Ga-In is currently predicting the opponents for the finals, while watching the previous games!

(Euro News) Özil Son Ga-In has selected Germany as (Spain’s) opponent in the finals! Simply because she wants to see Mesut Özil and Fernando Torres in one field together.

Upon seeing Lee Min Soo’s posts, fans responded, “Thank you for the Euro news!“, “I love Ga-In, but I’m rooting for Germany“, “Which team are you rooting for?“, and more.

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Source: Lee Min Soo’s Twitter

SHINee and Donica Streling appear on Grammy.com

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 05:18 PM PDT

SHINee has followed in the footsteps of the Wonder Girls and Big Bang by making an appearance on the Grammy.com website.

A photo of the group with the amazing Donica Streling, who found hope after listening to K-Pop, was featured on their photos section with the caption, "It’s a dream come true for 15-year-old Donica Streling, who meets members of Korean pop band SHINee on June 20 in Seoul, South Korea".  The terminally ill Donica, who recently traveled to Korea, had an opportunity to receive gifts and take photos with her idols.

To those WonderBang fans out there, it looks like the two groups have made their first appearance together this month, though likely not in the way you imagined.  The Wonder Girls and Big Bang are ranked #1 and #2 respectfully, as “the most viewed, shared and discussed photos on GRAMMY.com right now.”

Source: Grammy.com

Thanks to Cathy for the tip!