Sunday, June 3, 2012

"KARA’s Hara apologizes to Inspirits for lack of ‘Inkigayo’ encore" plus 19 more

"KARA’s Hara apologizes to Inspirits for lack of ‘Inkigayo’ encore" plus 19 more


KARA’s Hara apologizes to Inspirits for lack of ‘Inkigayo’ encore

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 08:12 AM PDT

KARA member Goo Hara‘s Twitter apology to INFINITE fans has been drawing attention.

After the airing of June 3rd’s ‘Inkigayo, many Inspirits were upset that there wasn’t an encore performance for the boys, as is custom for the winner of the episode. Goo Hara addressed this issue with a brief apology post on her personal Twitter.

The idol tweeted, “A day of mental break downs… INFINITE fans, there was nothing I could do because time was short. I’m sorry. ㅠㅠ. I’m really sorry! Congratulations to INFINITE again for winning first!!!

On another note, INFINTIE achieved an all kill with “The Chaser” by placing first on this airing of ‘Inkigayo’, on June 1st’s airing of ‘Music Bank‘, and May 31st’s airing of ‘M! Countdown‘.

Source: Hara’s Twitter

Image: Star News via Nate

Taecyeon confesses that 2PM talks behind J.Y. Park’s back

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 07:06 AM PDT

2PM‘s Taecyeon confessed that the members of 2PM talk behind J.Y. Park‘s back.

On June 3rd’s airing of MBC’s ‘Section TV‘, 2PM revealed the concert site for their Japanese Budokan Concert. 2PM is the first Korean artist to perform for six days straight at Budokan. Each day, around 10,000 fans have gathered for the shows, resulting in a total of 60,000 fans.

Taecyeon was asked, “What do the members do when you gather together?” and he answered, “We talk about work and about the future.” His cliché comment earned him disapproving remarks from the members so Taecyeon continued, “We also talk about Jinyoung hyung.

The reporter did not let this comment pass and asked if they say bad things about him behind his back and Taecyeon could not hide his embarrassment and tried to drop the conversation. He ended up giving in and brought many laughs when he confessed, “We sometimes say bad things about him behind his back. I can’t deny it.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Buzz announces comeback with new digital single

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 01:23 AM PDT

Talented band Buzz has announced their return after a year and six months!

After releasing their special album ‘Fuzz-Buzz‘ in November of 2010, the group will finally return as a two-member band from their hiatus with the digital single ‘Buzz Return‘.

This album’s title track “My Heart Cries” expresses the state of a man’s heart after a breakup, and will be enhanced by the smooth, yet sorrowful vocals featured in the melody. This classic, rock ballad is also one of the most difficult tracks that the group has put out, requiring powerful vocal skills.

Composed by the guitarist and composer of the group, Yoon Woo Hyun, “My Heart Cries” showcases the members various talents as a musician, as he is reported to have composed, edited, played the guitar, as well as produced for the track.

Stay tuned for the release on June 4th!

 

Source + Photo: TVDaily via Nate

‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ featuring SHINee achieves positive ratings

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 01:19 AM PDT

The collaboration between Shinhwa and SHINee on jTBC‘s ‘Shinhwa Broadcast‘ brought about a positive synergistic effect.

AGB Nielson Media Research released the viewer ratings for the June 2nd episode of ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ featuring SHINee. This episode reached a viewer rating of 1.274%. Although this was not the highest viewer rating ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’ has attained, it is still considered very good for a cable TV program. A few episodes ago, the program reached 1.371% in ratings.  Regardless, this week’s show is still a 0.434% rise from last week.

Even before the airing of the episode featuring SHINee, the topic became a hot trending issue through SNS. The fans were excited about this episode because SHINee stopped all domestic activities in April, while Shinhwa stopped domestic activities in May.

On this episode of ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’, SHINee chose which Shinhwa member they would like to recruit into their group.  They also competed against each other in games, whereby the winning group stole a member from the other group. Furthermore, SHINee members showed great interest and support in Shinhwa, causing the Shinhwa members to be very happy.

Gong Yoo laughs at Lee Min Jung, agrees with Suzy regarding beautiful skin

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 01:11 AM PDT

Gong Yoo showed different reactions to Lee Min Jung and Suzy‘s skin care secrets.

On the June 2nd episode of KBS2 TVEntertainment Weekly‘, the main characters of the new drama ‘Big‘, Gong Yoo, Suzy, and Lee Min Jung, came together.

Suzy said her first impression of Gong Yoo was that “He was handsome“, and Lee Min Jung said “He’s the top visual male, so he must always look good.” Gong Yoo appeared bashful, commenting, “They’re only saying such things because they’re in front of the camera.”

When asked how they take care of their skin, Lee Min Jung replied, “Laughter is the secret to beautiful skin.” Gong Yoo then looked over at her and said jokingly, “I don’t think so.”

In response to the question, Suzy said, “I think it’s because I am young,” and Gong Yoo agreed to her statement right away. On this episode, Lee Min Jung also revealed that the person she wants to invite to the drama as a cameo was Lee Seung Gi, and Suzy revealed that hers was Lee Min Ki.

 

Source & Image: Nate

Suzy blushes after sending a cameo request to Lee Min Ki

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 01:05 AM PDT

On June 2nd, the stars of new drama ‘Big‘, Gong Yoo, Lee Min Jung, and Suzy, appeared for an interview on KBS2‘s ‘Entertainment Weekly‘.

On this episode, the three actors gathered together on the set of ‘Big’ to reveal their honest thoughts about each other. Lee Min Jung said her first impression of Suzy was that, “she really looked like a doll.”

When the reporter commented that Lee Min Jung also had doll-like features, she replied, “I’m a doll that’s a bit old now. Suzy is like a doll that’s just been born. Her skin is so fresh.”

When asked about the cameo role for ‘Big’, Lee Min Jung replied, “I saw that Lee Seung Gi sshi came out on ‘The Greatest Love‘. If only he came out on ours,” and Suzy said, “Lee Min Ki sunbae.”

Gong Yoo then commented, “I personally know Lee Min Ki. I’ll call him for you.”  Suzy started blushing immediately and Gong Yoo followed with, “I guess you really do like him,” making Suzy even more embarrassed, and elicited laughter on the set.

 

Source & Image: Nate

INFINITE wins ‘Inkigayo’ mutizen + performances from June 3rd!

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 01:00 AM PDT

SBS's 'Inkigayo' is back once again with a new show full of exciting performances from the artists you adore!

Aside from the usual stages, TEEN TOP made their long-awaited comeback with "To You".

M.I.B and MYNAME also took the stage to perform "Only Hard For Me" and "Hello & Goodbye", respectively.

Rookie boy group A-JAX made their debut with "One 4 U" as well, while SS501 member Heo Young Saeng held his comeback stage with "Crying".

Artists from this week's 'Take 7′ include: Mighty Mouth, B1A4, A Pink, G.NA, Baek Ji Young, INFINITE, and J.Y.Park!

As for today's mutizen winner, it was INFINITE for "The Chaser". Congratulations to INFINITE and all Inspirits!

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As for the 'Take 7', check out their performances below:

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Other performances from tonight included: Heo Young Saeng, Gang Kiz, VIXX, December, Hello Venus, B.A.P, JJ Project, TaeTiSeo, and A-JAX!

Check them out below!

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< TaeTiSeo (featuring Hyoyeon) *Special Goodbye Stage*

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TEEN TOP returns to the stage with “To You” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 12:56 AM PDT

After a series of teasersTEEN TOP is back with their newest hot release titled "To You".

"To You" is the title song of the group's third mini-album 'Artist'. The track has been climbing to the top of music charts ever since its release on May 30 (KST).

The lyrics of "To You" are written from the perspective of a man who cannot forget a woman he once loved.

Check out their comeback stage performance below, along with a special performance of "Baby U", and be sure to view the rest of today's clips here (coming soon)!

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M.I.B says it’s “Only Hard For Me” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 12:20 AM PDT

Hip hop group M.I.B (Most Incredible Busters) is back with their newest mini-album titled 'Illusion', along with the title track "Only Hard For Me".

'Illusion' is reported to be filled with the "electro-hop" sound characteristic of M.I.B, and the title track "Only Hard For Me" has a unique melody and dramatic rap that complements the group's musical flavor.

The new mini-album holds a total of seven tracks in all, including their previously released single "Celebrate" and its accompanying remixes. M.I.B had to cancel activities this past April due to an unfortunate tragedy.

Take a peek at their comeback stage below, and be sure to view the rest of today's performances here (coming soon)!

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MYNAME makes a comeback with “Hello & Goodbye” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 11:58 PM PDT

Rookie boy group MYNAME have made their return to the music scene.

The boys debuted with "Message" eight months ago, but are now ready to kick things up a notch with their comeback. After releasing video teasers of their newest track, "Hello & Goodbye", the boys are confident about taking to the stage once more to put on an amazing performance for fans.

Check it out below, and be sure to view the rest of today's clips here (coming soon)!

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‘Infinity Challenge’ receives its lowest viewer ratings yet

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 11:54 PM PDT

With no end in sight to MBC‘s ongoing labor strike, popular variety show ‘Infinity Challenge‘ is… well, not so popular anymore.

According to AGB Nielson Research, the “special” of ‘Infinity Challenge’ broadcast on June 2nd in place of a new episode received its worst viewer ratings yet at 4.7%. This comes as the result of its 18th week of re-runs.

The show has been airing “specials” or re-runs since February of this year, leaving viewers to question if there will perhaps be no new episodes for the rest of this year at the rate the situation has been progressing.

Even with the lack of new episodes, the show had managed to maintain ratings of 5 to 6% in the past, so to see it fall into the 4% range, has left many fans of the show shocked. Many are voicing their opinions and concerns stating that even viewers who were once big fans of the show, are growing tired of waiting.

Source + Photo: Newsen via Nate

Girls’ Generation and 2PM’s photobooks rank on Oricon’s Top 10 quarter sales chart

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 11:21 PM PDT

GirlsGeneration and 2PMs photobooks attained great success on the first quarter sales chart in Japan.

On June 1st, Japan’s Oricon chart released the first quarter sales chart. Girls’ Generation’s first official photobook, ‘Holiday‘, ranked in 7th place with 33,415 photo albums sold while 2PM, who recently attracted over 100,000 audience members with their arena tour,  ranked in 8th place with their photobook, ‘2PM Arena Tour 2011‘, with a total of 16,938 copies sold. These two idol groups are the only Korean groups to have made it into the top of this quarter’s Oricon chart.

Meanwhile, Girls Generation members are each working on their own schedule while 2PM successfully finished their performance in Tokyo for their ‘6 Beautiful Days‘ tour.

Source & Image: Sports Chosun via Nate

Daniel Henney goes casual for ‘ELLE’ magazine

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 10:44 PM PDT

Daniel Henney has once again made the hearts of female fans flutter with his newest pictorial.

The actor and model showed off his softer side as he posed for ‘ELLE‘ magazine’s latest photo shoot, themed “daily activities of a warm spring day”.

Despite the casual attire and hair style, the handsome Daniel Henney captivated with his various charms as he showed off his built figure and laid back smile, putting his modeling experience to use.

In related news, Daniel Henney is currently filming for his newest film ‘Last Stand‘.

Source + Photo: Asia Today via Nate

Jang Geun Suk can’t stand the hot weather in Beijing

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 10:12 PM PDT

With summer almost in full force, even “Asia’s Prince”, Jang Geun Suk, can’t seem to beat the sweltering heat of Beijing, China.

On June 1st, Jang Geun Suk uploaded two photos taken in Beijing and tweeted, “Asia’s Prince is going on sightseeing in Beijing by foot~ I want to say just forget about taking a car…but Beijing is huge!!” It seems the actor immediately regretted his decision to look around on foot under the immense heat as he tweeted, “I was sweating after only 3 minutes! Bring the Car!! Air Conditioning!!!!!

Upon seeing the photos netizens wrote, “The weather is hot just like you are“, “What are you doing in Beijing?” and more.

It related news, Jang Geun Suk was in Beijing as a special presenter for Tongyi.

 

Source & Image(s): Jang Geun Suk’s Twitter

Jewelry’s Yewon gets rejected by Lee Hyun Woo and INFINITE’s L

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 09:35 PM PDT

Jewelry‘s Yewon was faced with an embarrassing situation on the latest episode of ‘Invincible Youth 2‘, bringing laughter to viewers with her hilarious reactions.

The June 2nd broadcast of KBS‘s ‘Invincible Youth 2′ consisted of only miss A‘s Suzy and Jewelry’s Yewon along with special guest appearances made by Noel‘s Kang Kyun Sung, Shinhwa‘s Andy, INFINITE‘s L, actor Lee Hyun Woo, actor / singer Baek Sung Hyun, and comedian Park Hwi Soon. The rest of the G6 members, KARA‘s Kang Ji Young, Girls’ Generation‘s Sunny and Hyoyeon, and SISTAR‘s Bora were absent due to their group activities.

Yewon’s embarrassment began when MC Boom first asked INFINITE’s L, “Out of Suzy and Yewon, which member would you like to become closer with?” to which he replied, “I want to become closer with both of them, but I’d like to become closer with Suzy, in particular.”

To this, Yewon shot back, “You should have just not said anything! I’d rather become closer with Lee Hyun Woo.”

But much to her surprise, actor Lee Hyun Woo also blurted, “But, I also choose Suzy,” causing Yewon to suffer an embarrassing moment. Yewon hilariously remarked, “I’m leaving!” as she slung her bag around her shoulder, bringing laughter on the set.

The emcees then held a popularity vote in which the guest members voted between the two G6 members. Yewon unfortunately received only one vote, adding to her embarrassment.

Check out the full episode below! (Starts around the 7:05 mark.)

Source & Image: MyDaily via Nate

Girls’ Generation releases details + track list for “Paparazzi”

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 08:58 PM PDT

via tokyohive

In the span of just 2-days Shoujo Jidai has been releasing information on their upcoming Japanese single "PAPARAZZI" in pieces.

The news of their upcoming single "PAPARAZZI" was first released on the girls' Japanese mobile site. After revealing the PV teaser and preview, they also revealed two promotional photos. Now the group has released the single jackets and track lists for the single.

As previously mentioned the single has been described as a strong dance tune, and to match the song, Shoujo Jidai's choreography will include a 'camera shutter' move while also being chased around by paparazzi.

"PAPARAZZI" will be released on June 27th.

Check out the track list and details of the various versions below!

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Limited Edition

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1. PAPARAZZI
2. PAPARAZZI (Instrumental)

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1. PAPARAZZI -Music Video-
2. PAPARAZZI -Music Video-(Close-up Version)

Extra: Photo Booklet
A: GIRLS' GENERATION PAPARAZZI "SPECIAL ISSUE"
B: GIRLS' GENERATION PAPARAZZI "BEHIND THE SCENES"

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Regular Edition Type A

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1. PAPARAZZI
2. PAPARAZZI (Instrumental)

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1. PAPARAZZI -Music Video-

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Regular Edition Type B

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1. PAPARAZZI
2. PAPARAZZI (Instrumental)

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Source: Official Website

 

Younha explains why she was off-key during baseball game performance

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 08:21 PM PDT

Singer Younha explained the reason behind her recent slip-up during a performance at a baseball game.

She tweeted on June 1st, “Ah, I couldn’t keep my rhythm because of the sound delay in the baseball stadium. LG Twins and Hanhwa Eagles fighting! Show us a good match!”

Younha sang the South Korean national anthem at the baseball game on June 1st. Reports say that after she sang the first few lines of the song, Younha’s voice started to falter a bit, and during a particularly high portion of the anthem, she sang off-key. However, she quickly recovered from the error, and finished her performance to much applause. It seems the singer was caught off due to the sound delay and faltered on some of her notes while struggling to keep up with the rhythm.

Followers on Twitter commented, “Everyone already knows how talented Younha is so her mistake was cute,” “It’s easy to sing off-key at a baseball stadium”, and “It’s adorable that she personally posted an explanation.”

Source + Photo: Younha’s Twitter

Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae featured in Singaporean newspaper

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 07:56 PM PDT


Hip hop’s representative couple, Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae have found themselves featured on Singapore’s daily newspaper, ‘The Straits Times‘.

The newspaper labeled the two as the Jay-Z and Beyonce of Korea who had come to show what the Korean hip hop scene had to offer, detailing their background and their impressive feats.

Standing on stage at ‘Music Matters‘ in Singapore, the couple pulled off fierce performances representing Korea at the large music festival, catching the eye of local media.

This is not their first time being mentioned by overseas media as Tiger JK has been praised by the ‘LA Times‘ as well as music magazine ‘Rolling Out‘, while Yoon Mi Rae has been dubbed as one of the top 12 female rappers in the world by ‘MTV Iggy‘.

Source + Photo: Donga via Nate

Baek Ji Young reveals how she achieved her distinctive husky voice

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 07:28 PM PDT

Singer Baek Ji Young recently revealed how she came about in achieving her distinctive husky vocal tone. While many viewers expected the usual story of the singer's hard work, passion and dedication to be the reason, Baek, instead, shared a rather comical one.

"My voice wasn't always this husky. In fact, my voice used to be rather soft and sweet," says the singer on the latest episode of SBS ‘Go Show‘.

"Then one night, my classmates and I played a game against students from another major to see which of us could drink the most," says the singer, "Knowing my personality, I was set on winning the game. The rules were that each of us would drink as much as we could, and whoever had the most empty bottles by the end of the night would win."

"Others were sly and drank half while spilling half, but I drank everything. I ended up drinking about 40 glasses. I came in third place and received a clock stamped with my school’s logo as my prize," continued Baek, "I vomited a lot that night. That's when my voice became husky. I'm not even kidding."

"I went to the hospital after a few days because my voice wasn’t getting better. It turns out the stomach acid had damaged my vocal cords. I consistently received treatments. It was extremely husky before, but it’s gotten a lot better since then.”

Source & image: Nate

Are you digging Taeyang’s new hairstyle in “MONSTER”?

Posted: 02 Jun 2012 07:03 PM PDT

With the recent release of Big Bang‘s latest single, “MONSTER“, there’s been a lot of buzz about Taeyang‘s bizarre hairstyle in the music video. Some fans have expressed their disappointment with his new look, while others have shrugged it off. Despite the mixed reactions, it seems Taeyang is loving his new hairdo.

On June 2nd, the idol took to his twitter and left a short message that read, “MICKY MOUSE HAIR. LOVE IT..!

Fans had diverse reactions to Taeyang’s tweet responding with, “I’m sorry, but it looks ridiculous“, “I miss your mohawk“, and “Put up a tutorial video on Youtube. I want to learn how to style my hair like that!

For those who haven’t checked Big Bang’s latest music video yet, “MONSTER” is a high budget music video that is considered on the same level as a blockbuster film. As expected from Big Bang, the boys did not fail to show a fresh and unique visual concept. 

Are you digging Taeyang’s new haircut? Whose hairstyle did you like the best in “MONSTER”? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section below!

Source: Taeyang’s Twitter